Running time: 5 minutes 19 seconds.

Gallery Assistant Asiya Hussain shows us how to make an origami lotus flower, inspired by Arpita Shah’s exhibition Nalini.

In Nalini, Arpita explores her relationship with her mother and grandmother through photographs and family objects. Nalini is Arpita’s grandmother’s name and also the Sanskrit word for lotus. The lotus flower is a recurring motif in Arpita’s work, symbolising femininity, fertility and rebirth.

This activity is suitable for ages 7+, all you need to get started is a square piece of paper.

We’d love to see your origami creations! Share your lotus and tag us on social media:

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Discover more resources and information about the exhibition here:

Arpita Shah: Nalini 


Printable instructions for how to make your origami lotus flower.

Download Step-by-step: Origami Lotus Flower (PDF, 3.35 MB)