Renzuru, which is roughly translated as “consecutive cranes” can be traced back to the Edo period of Japan (1603-1867) and is regarded as one of the most advanced Origami techniques.

This centuries-old Japanese art form is an advanced origami technique that uses a single sheet of paper to fold a series of multiple cranes folded from a single sheet of paper with strategic cuts, all connected to each other through their wings, beak or tails.

The first appearance of renzuru is in a book published in 1797, titled Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (the secret methods of making a thousand conjoined cranes).

“Paula Pietranera has reinvented Renzuru into a highly sophisticated contemporary art form that goes beyond folk art in both style and content.”

Dr. Mark Levy, Professor Emeritus of Art History, California State University, East Bay
Renzuru on Washi paper