Shapes and patterns come in and out of vogue but none is bigger at the moment that the mandala so I have decided to self-declare 18 February mandala wrapping day. Mandala is a Sanskrit term (my brother in law is currently in India learning Sanskrit among other things so I am noticing all things Sanskrit plus I just like saying the word) that means “circle” or “discoid object”. According to the Ancient History Encyclopaedia, a mandala can be defined in two ways: externally as a schematic visual representation of the universe and internally as a guide for several psychophysical practices that take place in many Asian traditions, including meditation. The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each .
So let’s go the visual representation route…a mandala usually has a concentric structure with balanced visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. You can go online and download literally thousands of mandala patterns – each with internal balance and harmony in spades. Mandalas can feature many different and bold colours or they can feature just one bold colour like the hot pink mandala paper I have used today. I love books, I love a balanced look and I love wrapping so wrapping a book in mandala themed paper for a dear friend is the trifecta for me. I added in a side embellishment of thin pink and thicker white ribbon so that it complemented rather than sat over the top of the central pattern. Wrapping this gift made me fall in love with the mandala patterned paper all over again so I spent the evening lining my drawers with it.