HOW TO FOLD A LOTUS FLOWER
Cambodia’s lotus flowers totally captivated me. Because they rise untarnished from the muddy pond waters where they grow, they are Buddhist symbols of purity. But they are even more beautiful when their strong petals are carefully pulled back and folded— like pieces of organic origami—into a variety of intricate designs. I delighted in each of the different folded arrangements I came across—see a slide show of my favourites at
Here’s how to do a basic fold: 1. Gently loosen the outermost petal and pinch-fold it in half. 2. Form a triangle by folding the petal in
on itself twice. 3. Carefully tuck in the end. 4. Working in a circular motion, continue to fold petals back until you get as close to the centre as you like. Folded flowers will keep fresh for
several days before they begin to brown.