Haji Noman uses currency to style his origami art
Haji Noman has adopted a style of origami, which differs significantly from the conventional form. Instead of paper, he folds Indian currency notes. And he builds the basic structure with cardboard. A hobby for the last 25 years, this art also fetches him money. He is approached to create shapes of monuments, vehicles, bouquets and other objects, meant to be given away as gifts. Prepared to create any object chosen by his client, he however suggests what he thinks will better suit the occasion.
Haji expects his clients to provide him new currency notes. The payment he expects varies, depending on the difficulty of the work. Sometimes, he finishes a job in two to three hours. Some jobs are more time-consuming, even stretching on for a month. Slow or fast, every creation betrays great attention to detail.
Although highly respected for his rare ability, 57-year-old Haji has not allowed origami to take over his main business, which has to do with selling hardware items from a shop on Broadway. Despite bringing in money, origami will always remain Haji’s hobby. A collection of shapes created for himself testifies to this. “I want to build a collection.”
Attracted to monuments, Haji has now developed an interest in automobiles. It ranges from James Starley type high-wheel bicycles to Ferraris. Knowing Haji, this must be a passing interest. When he can make almost anything with money, why should he be stuck to one idea?