The kolam, or rangoli is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities.
In Tamil Nadu, culture is a strong form of expression by the women, who express their feelings in this secret way.
During Diwali, the festival of lights, all Indian women make rangoli in front of their houses. If they live in small flats/apartments, then a small one in front of the main entrance door.
The white powder is made by crushing glass at factories, usually from cups and saucers collected from scrap. This plain rangoli powder is also mixed with different colors and used in the patterns.
Rangoli making competitions are held during different festivals.
It can be a square foot for homes to several square meters for Rangoli competitions.
Rang means Colors and Oli means lines/pattens. Making a rangoli in front of the door represents welcoming happiness in the home. It’s a everyday affair for women in Tamil Nadu.
What brings you happiness?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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