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Beautiful Rangoli with Origami

Rangoli is an Indian art form that consists of colorful mandala-like patterns created on the floor using materials such as colored rice, sand, quartz powder, or flower petals.

The photo above features a lovely example of a combination of Rangoli and Origami designed by Shachi Jain. What an inspiration to imagine what origami pieces we could use to create a Rangoli.

Rangoli is considered auspicious because it is said to attract wealth, happiness, prosperity, and positive energy.

Rangoli is usually made during Diwali, which is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs usually in October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. It’s observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar.

Shachi used the following origami figures to create her Rangoli:

  • Abstract flower and Bael leaf designed by Meenakshi Mukerji. In India, Bael leaf is used in the worship of Shiva as its three-pronged leaf is believed to symbolize Shiva’s trident. The three-pronged leaf is also associated with the three functions of creation, preservation, and destruction.
  • Traditional octagon with a small variation
  • Traditional kite base and diamond bases with some variations.

Below you will find origami model suggestions to use for a Rangoli. You are invited to take inspiration and use your imagination to create your own Rangoli.

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Click here for the video tutorial of this flower created by Hans-Werner Guth

Click here for the video tutorial of windmill variations (Traditional)

Kite base

Click here for the video tutorial of this Origami Flower (Six Petals) Designed by David Martínez

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6 thoughts on “Beautiful Rangoli with Origami”

  1. In this 8th December, I would like to greet you dear Leyla, as
    this morning during my work trip by train and then tramway, I managed to fold 2 stars…
    so origami means always origamispirit: it uplifts the mood in this darker times…
    So 8th December in France where I come from, Lyon: it is the day everyone is putting a lot of candles on the window, to celebrate St Mary, in modern times, now a light festival attracting million of people used to take place, but cancelled this year due to the circumstances…
    So here a link about it:
    Lot of light and joy to you and your loved ones, dear Leyla, as you spread so much joy with your art and website!
    kind wishes

    • Thank you Patricia for sharing with us how origami brings you joy in your trip to work.
      I also grew up celebrating the night of candles in December. The festival of Lights in Lyon looks fabulous. I wish I can be present there one of these days when it happens again.
      I appreciate your visit and your kind words.


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