KOLAM

 

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Every morning, thousands of Indian women draw kolams in front of their homes, with white rice powder. Kolam is a rangoli expressed in geometric lines and shapes, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolam drawings are celebratory and welcoming. Each morning, the kolams are replaced with fresh ones after washing the floor, sometimes with cow dung, believed to have antiseptic properties for a literal threshold of protection for the home.

Kolams are believed to bestow prosperity, and the geometrical patterns applied at the entrance invite Goddess Lakshmi into the household, and keeps the evil spirits away. 
In olden days, kolams were drawn with coarse rice flour, so the ants would not have to walk too far for a meal. These also kept ants outside the homes.

Kolams reflected a woman's nature, her patience, creative values etc.! Also, while drawing large complicated patterns without lifting the hand off the floor, women would bend their bodies, thus preventing flab around their bellies. This worked as a regular exercise, also keeping them fit.

When families went out of station, the Kolams would be missing. To avoid robbery, well-meaning neighbors would draw Kolam at the home entrance of the absentees. This strengthened the bonds of neighborhood.

Kolams would be absent at homes where someone had passed away, and the house was in mourning. The absence of the artistic Kolam at the entrance, would also forewarn the visitors.

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Basic Grid For Rangoli Making.

Basic Forms, Based On the Grid.

Elements For A Single Alphabet Formation.

A - Z Cap Lock Alphabets.

Rangoli Formations & Implementation.

Basic Word Formation.

Basic Word Formation.

Basic Word Formation.

Basic Word Formation.

Basic Word Formation.

Basic Word Formation.

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