Vietnamese artist Nguyen Hung Cuong describes the advantages of using dó paper in his origami art.
Many people know that dó paper is used to print images, draw pictures, and write letters, but few people think of using dó paper to fold origami. When referring to origami, we often only think of the famous Japanese art of paper folding. However, in Vietnam, the art of origami is also practiced by artists admired across the world.
Artist Nguyen Hung Cuong, who has pursued this art of paper folding for many years, sees the advantages of using dó paper for origami.
“Dó paper has a rougher, more fibrous surface than other paper types, for origami is a strength because when we add an extra amount of diluted milk glue, the glue penetrates deeper into the paper fiber, so the paper is tough and particularly suitable for paper folding,” Mr. Cuong shared. “The paper has too ‘perfect’ surface, even if there is more glue, it can not be tough, hard like that.”
“Lan Vũ Nữ” by Nguyen Hung Cuong (created with dó paper)
Origami apple by Nguyen Hung Cuong (created with dó paper)
Contemplating the origami works from dó paper by the young artist Nguyen Hung Cuong, we see elaborate and complex lines as well as soft strokes emanating from the dó paper material. With a quick mind and meticulous hands, Hung Cuong has created many unique origami shapes using traditional Vietnamese materials.
Cuong also expressed his desire to develop dó paper-based materials for origami. He hoped that many people would use this traditional paper for purposes beyond paper folding. Not only would this bring higher value to the paper, but it would also contribute to the enrichment of Vietnamese culture.