Rangoli Kolam: The Beautiful Art of Floor Painting

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We are so lucky to have Syardhana and Keerthana at school! Without them we would never have discovered this stunningly beautiful art form from their Southern Indian tradition.

Uncooked rice is stained with food colouring and then left to dry before being transformed into a stunning geometrical pattern.

Follow Anu as she makes a Rangoli Kolam in the playground...

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Rangoli Kolam is a folk art from India - a sort of painted prayer created during festivals and celebrations.

Kolams form sacred, welcoming areas for the Hindu Gods and are believed to bring good luck.

Patterns include flowers - especially the lotus flower, lotus leaves and mango - birds and fish.

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Rang (colour) and avali ('creepers') combine to create the word rangoli which literally means “coloured creepers”.

The patterns are drawn by females using a grid of dots by trickling lines of rice flour through the fingers, then coloured in using

rice grains, dry flour, coloured sand or even flower petals. Insects, especially ants would eat the kolam which stopped the ants from

entering the house. Pulli kolam are line patterns made around the dots (pulli).

Follow Anu Number 1 and Anu Number 2 as they show us how it's done... beautiful!

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Rice flour mixed into a thick, creamy paste....

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Anu1 helping Noah dribble the paste into a pattern...

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Anu 2 demonstrating the pulli kolam technique using a

grid of dots...

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A tissue is dipped into the flour mixture. The tissue acts

as a reservoir to hold the paste which is gently squeezed

out between Anu's fingers and thumb into a continuous

dribble to draw the pattern...

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Scroll down to see how the patterns are constructed and visit here for heaps of dot patterns to make your own beautiful rangoli kolam.

Pulli Kolam....

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Rangoli Kolam - here's one to try....

Make a grid. Start with 9 dots along the middle row......

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Add coloured rice to make a Rangoli Kolam.

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