The Origata traces its roots to AD 690, the first "Shikinen-sengu (The ritual of reconstraction every 20 years )" in Grand shrine Ise.
On that ritual the officiant "Saigu" who were daughters of the Emperor, offered abalone to *Kami. It signifies their gratitude for the blessings of Nature. These abalone were wrapped with Origata to cleanse earthly life and to symbolize the sincerity of human feelings towards the Kami.
On the 14th century, Muromachi period, Ashikaga Shogunate family, the military governor of Japan, adapt the protocol of Origata into the gift between the human. There is "Sangi itto", the book of protocol by Ogasawara family, the master of protocol for shogunate family.
The Origata is composed by the art of folding the enveloping paper and a knot of mizuhikis, fine Japanese strings of minutely twisted red and white paper. These two colors represent the Yin and Yang ; once tied, they symbolize the birth of a new thing, being or event. So this knot is not a mere ornament, but invokes a relationship between two persons.
Several elements are combined to create the language of Origata
The paper type, called Danshi paper or Hoshoshi, is traditionally biological and hand-made from the wood of tree trunks. Each sheet is used only once. The resultant finely-twisted cords are dedicated for use only for the ritual of making Origata.
The art of folding the sheet is known as "Ori" .
The type of knot is called "Musubi".
The number of cords used.