Diagrams: Namaste and Gujiya

Edited by Jane Rosemarin

Hi! This is Shachi Jain from New Delhi, India. I am completely and madly in love with paper and have found my passion in the art of paper folding. It is intriguing and interesting to create challenging and intricate patterns.

Namaste is a gesture of greeting and respect. See PDF diagrams.

Namaste (Folded Hands) is a gesture used by people to greet each other in India. It also expresses respect, honor, courtesy, politeness, forgiveness and gratitude.

My design is inspired by my heartfelt gratitude to all the doctors, nurses, police, volunteers and each and every person working day and night helping the world fight in the war against the coronavirus pandemic.

This non-contact method of greeting has gained popularity during the pandemic.

Paper suggestion: Mono (same color on both sides). In the diagrams, 6″ kami is used for clarity.

Gujiya is a festive pastry. See PDF diagrams.

Gujiya is a dessert savored during the Holi festival in India.

Gujiya — also known as gughara, pedakiya, a karanji or kajjikayalu — is a sweet, deep-fried dumpling native to the Indian subcontinent. It is made with semolina or all-purpose flour, stuffed with a mixture of sweetened khoa (milk solids) and dried fruits, and fried in ghee.

Paper suggestion: Kami in golden-brown color.