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The world's first origami stamp issued - see it here!

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The world's first ever origami stamp has been issued by Correos, the Spanish postal service, and can be folded into the shape of a bird using the ancient art of paper folding.

The stamp, issued on 17 July, is billed as the world's first origami stamp and can be folded into the classic bird shape, known in Spanish as a parajita. Origami is the art of folding paper into the shape of figures and the craft dates back to China in the first or second century CE. It travelled to Japan in the sixth century, where it became a popular pastime with the wealthy; the only people who could afford paper.

The parajita

The €4.25 stamp is based on the basic square of origami, and according to Correos: ' The pajarita was chosen for the first papiroflexia postage stamp for two fundamental reasons: it is a classic figure, highly recognisable all over the world as a paper folding creation; and it relates to the carrier pigeon, which was part of the origins and activity of the world’s first postal services.'

The miniature sheet has instructions on how to fold the stamp and also incorporates augmented reality for downloading a tutorial on how to fold the stamp.

For more on the stamp, visit the Correos website.

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