Tip: Papers I usually buy on Ebay or Origami Shop. Japanese books I tend to buy from CDJapan.

This beautiful geometric patterned Kusudama is designed by Tanya Turova of Almaty, Kazakhstan. She designs amazing Origami and in particular Kusudama. To find more work by Mrs. Turova, have a look at her Flickr page. So thank you again, for giving me permission to demonstrate this stunning model, Ratibor, on my YouTube Channel.

Paper, Measurements & Ratio

The Ratibor Kusudama is made from 30 units in a ratio of 1:1.74. I personally used the measurement of 5 cm x 8.7 cm / 2 in x 3.4 in. It is a bit tiny, so you probably should cut your papers to a bigger size like 5.7 cm x 10 cm. Also I would recommend you use slightly less soft paper, as I found it a bit tricky to insert some of the modules. I used Kami paper, but I think you should try duo paper as it might be a bit more stable.

I used Kami for the Ratibor Kusudama, but you can spice it up if you use Duo Colored paper! I normally use this Korean brand – great texture and comes in many colors!

Use the Paper Ratio Calculator (link below) – if you need help calculating your paper measurements.

Folding & Assembly

The folding itself is quite straight-forward and should not make you any problems. The assembly is a bit more demanding, but still you should be able to complete this beautiful Ratibor Kusudama without any additional help or any glue.

So happy folding and I hope you enjoy the tutorial video I made. <3

  • Ratibor Kusudama Tutorial
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