Napkin folding

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An illustration of napkin folding published in 1657

Napkin folding is a type of decorative folding done with a napkin. It can be done as art or as a hobby. Napkin folding is most commonly encountered as a table decoration in fancy restaurants.[1] Typically, and for best results, a clean, pressed, and starched square cloth (linen or cotton) napkin is used.[2] There are variations in napkin folding in which a rectangular napkin, a napkin ring, a glass, or multiple napkins may be used.

History[edit]

Napkin folding has a centuries old history[3] and dates back to the times of Louis XIV of France.[4]

Common napkin folds[edit]

An example of a fan-style folded napkin
  • Bishop's Hat
  • Buffet fold (rectangular pocket)
  • Candle
  • Diagonal pocket
  • Dress Shirt
  • Envelope
  • Fan
  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Iris
  • Lotus (water lily)
  • Rose

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuhn, Doris (2005). Napkin Folding for Every Occasion. New York: Sterling Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 9781402728020. "It is no accident that fine restaurants have long preserved the art of napkin folding as an important element of presentation."
  2. ^ "Napkin Folding Ideas". Marthastewart.com. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  3. ^ Hetzer, Linda (2001). The Simple Art of Napkin Folding: 94 Fancy Folds for Every Tabletop Occasion. Robert Penny (1st William Morrow pbk. ed.). New York, N.Y.: William Morrow. p. 7. ISBN 9780060934897. Retrieved 26 February 2013. "More than three centuries ago, napkin folding was developed into an art, ..."
  4. ^ Kuhn, Doris (2005). Napkin Folding for Every Occasion. New York: Sterling Publishing. pp. 9–10. ISBN 9781402728020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kuhn, Doris (2005). Napkin Folding for Every Occasion. New York: Sterling Publishing. ISBN 9781402728020.
  • Oppenheimer, Lillian; Epstein, Natalie (1979). Decorative napkin folding for beginners. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 0486237974.
  • Stislow, John; Stislow, Stephanie (2008). The Best Napkin Folding Book Ever!: Add Easy Style to Any Meal. New York: Sterling Publications. ISBN 9781435104143

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