The gift of a beautiful pair of origami crane earrings stirred an interest in the art of paper folding. Tiny red cranes are suspended from this delicate jewellery made by Karla Stevenson of Raglan, New Zealand.
Animals, birds especially, are used in many cultures to convey symbolic meaning. The large winged crane, an ancient bird, thought to have a life span of 1,000 years, embodies the spirit of longevity, good fortune, prosperity, peace, happiness, and eternal youth. Essentially, a celebration of life.
Respect for this mighty bird encompasses both admiration and fear. In Japan, having the Tsuru (crane) hanging within the home is considered to encourage good luck and joy. In Egyptian symbolism, the crane, due to its annual return every Spring, is thought to represent regeneration.
Within one culture the symbolic meaning can be divided. Generally portrayed as a symbol of love and joy by the Greeks and Romans, the crane also appears as an omen in some ancient Greek fables.
The tradition of the origami crane as a symbol of health, happiness, and peace was strengthened by the tale of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 cranes. Sadako’s memorable story is of perseverance and hope in her fight to recover from leukemia caused by exposure to radiation after the bombing of Hiroshima. Take the following link, to the legend of Sudako, and how the folded origami crane has come to represent healing and hope during challenging times: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_Sasaki