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Kim's Crane provides a one stop resource to buy origami papers and decorative papers useful for origami and other crafts.  We are one of the largest supplier of origami papers outside of Japan. We deal directly with 35 manufactures worldwide with access to many more. We also carry additional items that will enhance your paper projects.  We ship world-wide.

In 1995, Kim's Crane began providing origami papers and supplies for the origami artist and other crafters.  The origami artist and other crafters will find packaged origami papers products in an assortment of plain color, foils, single sided, double sided, and printed pattern colors as well as diverse textures imported from Japan, Korea, and other world suppliers.  For a definition or description of the different origami paper type terms see the definition table .

Kim's Crane selection of decorative papers includes: Elephant hide paper, Washi, Glassine (kite paper), Florentine, Kraft, Chiyogami, Crepe paper, Itajime, and Unryu (mulberry).  More information about the decorative papers see:  Decorative Paper Table

Kim's Crane has a boutique studio located near Snohomish, Washington, where the a buyer can view and purchase the products in person.  The studio is open by Appointment only.

For help in understanding the terms that Kim's Crane uses to categorize origami papers and decorative papers into searchable "Categories" or segments, we have developed a terminology table.  This terminology table may give the user added information on the papers of each searchable term.


Origami Papers


Origami Single sided solid 'plain' color papers

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Plain color papers are made for specifically for Origami.  The papers are printed with single color on one side.  Sometimes the name Kami is used for these paper.  The word kami is Japanese for paper.

Origami papers with print or patterns


Origami Prints Papers Image

Prints papers are paper made for origami with a pattern.  The pattern papers have more the one color printed on one side of the paper.

Origami Double sided papers

Origami Double sided Paper Image

Double sided papers are papers with two finish 'printed' sides.  The paper can be solid color on both sides (same color or different colors), print-prints, or prints-solid.

Origami foil papers

Origami Foil Paper Image

Foil papers are origami papers with a thin layer of foil adhered to paper

Origami papers Kits

Origami Paper Kits

Kits are origami projects assembled to made predefined objects.

Other types of Origami papers

other Origami Papers Image

Other origami papers is the area where Kim's Crane has grouped together papers which cannot be easily placed into the above groups.

Origami Lucky Star papers


Origami lucky stars

Origami Lucky stars are strips of colorful papers folded to look like stars.  They are usually kept in heart shaped glass bottles for good luck.  They can also be used for jewelry, earring, decorations, necklaces, Christmas tree ornaments and so much more





Decorative Papers (Artisan Papers)

Elephant Hide paper

Zanders writes: "Elephant Hide paper is an extraordinary product combining timeless beauty with uncommon practicality. The manufacturing process is unique: the paper is made in accordance with a ‘very old recipe.’ It runs, ever so slowly, on machinery made especially for this product. The characteristic veining varies sheet to sheet, as do the shape and caliper, making the resulting product as close to ‘hand-made’ as possible, with a striking resemblance to marble. Yet, owing to a special surface treatment, the paper has a high degree of resistance to scratching, scuffing and grease stains, and can be wiped with a damp cloth."

Usages include; origami paper, origami Wet folding, book binding, book covers, documents, certificates, packaging, menus, greeting cards, and wet folding origami models, laser printable, sophisticated paper arts, collage, scrap booking, sculptures, mixed media

Washi paper

See paper "Origami Discovers Washi Paper" by Kimberly Crane


Glassine (Kite paper)

Glassine paper - (translucent paper); 100% sulphite, acid free, machine made.


Usages include; origami paper, origami, paper folding, gift wrapping, window stars, scrap booking, collage, flowers, tissue foil, back coating, mixed media, note cards, tessellations, complex origami

Florentine paper

Paper base is 100% sulfite, acid free, and printer friendly. Each paper is approx 90 g/m2.

Usages; bookbindery, creative and artistic hobbies, scrap booking, origami, origami boxes, DIY, decoration and decoupage, and collage.

Kraft paper

Paper is 40 gsm. Reverse side of paper is kraft brown.

Kraft paper is good for, origami, scrap booking, book covers, kirigami, doll making, modulars, boxes, stars, card making, decoupage, paper folding, gift wrap

Chiyogami paper

See paper "Origami Discovers Chiyogami" By Kimberly Crane

Crepe paper


Usages include; paper flowers, collage, mixed media, card invitations, doll making, book arts, personal journals, gift wrapping, scrap booking, lining envelopes, sculptures, embellishments for many paper other paper arts

Itajime paper

This paper is handmade from Kozo bark and then hand dyed.


Usages include; origami paper, origami, paper folding, gift wrapping, scrap booking, collage, flowers, mixed media, note cards, tessellations, kirigami, bookmaking, note cards, card, lining envelopes, sophisticated paper arts, decoupage, tissue foil, chigiri-e

Unryu (mulberry) paper

  AKA as Cloud Dragon Paper.  It comes in diverse thicknesses, soft to the touch, harvested from the mulberry tree, comes in many colors and textures, semi-translucent with swirls of kozo throughout. Natural pH.

Usages include; origami paper, gift wrapping, scrap booking, paper flowers, collage, mized media, note cards, tesselations, kirigami, card lining envelopes, sophisticated paper arts, tissue foil, chigiri-e, lampshades





Postal address
2801 Bickford Ave
Suite 103-140
Snohomish, WA 98290


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Electronic mail

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