Accordion, or concertina, binding is a centuries old Asian form of binding. As the name implies the paper is folded like an accordion. It originated in the 6th century in China and drifted to Japan In the 7th century. Legend has it that a Buddhist monk squashed a scroll and then folded it into the accordion style binding. It has become one of the most widely practiced book forms among book artists all over the world as its form lends itself to many designs.