On the other hand, since there are no known records of Chinese paper folding and the oldest Japanese records only go back to the 18th century some still believe that the invention must have been Japanese. Buddhist monks brought paper with them to Japan in the late 6th century along with the art of paper folding. To make a composition more interesting an artist might choose patterned paper or foil-backed paper. There are many things an artist can do to express their individuality. Serious origami artists often compete in competitions. Here is a place, a competition, where people showcase origami that expresses individuality. Cranes, boats, a bird, a house or a flower made from napkins (cloth or paper), paper towels or any other festive paper you have handy. Fold a large cloth napkin into a bread basket to keep your rolls warm through your meal. Patterned napkins or paper towels make attractive shirt or bow tie plate decorations. What skills are required for origami? The only physical skill required for origami is the ability to fold paper. Most everybody is able to carry out this activity. However there is certainly a requirement for imagination, creativity, mathematical knowledge and patience. The challenging aspects of origami require much thought and logic. Although it's unknown exactly where origami was first used, this activity was and continues to be an important part of the Japanese culture. An activity that involves folding a piece of paper has been for generations used both as a pastime and as a challenge. There are very basic forms of origami and there are very complicated forms of origami. Getting people interested in activities such as origami encourages people to develop a hobby where they can be creative and be involved in a group activity. The therapeutic advantages of origami are amazing. To be able to take a simple concept such as paper folding and watch it make a difference in people's lives is awesome.