Rangoli and Kolam
Rangoli is the popular floor art of India. It is an auspicious art of decorating courtyards and prayer halls in India drawn mainly by women and girls. Some women use rice flour to draw a rangoli which is the traditional medium to be used while others use sandstone or limestone powder. The designs are then colored with various colored powdered dyes. Although this floor-art is known as Rangoli commonly in many parts of India, it is known as Kolam in Tamil Nadu, Muggulu in Andhra pradesh, Rangavalli in Karnataka, Poovidal or Pookalam in Kerala, Chowkpurana in Uttar Pradesh, Madana in Rajasthan, Aripana in Bihar and Alpana in Bengal.
The colorful kolam tradition dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization
(2500 B.C). Kolams were often drawn with coarse rice flour since it
served as a food source to nature's creatures like ants and crows. Rice
flour is seen as an offering to Lakshmi, the goddess of rice and wealth.
The goddess has the power to attract prosperity and to prevent poverty
from entering the home. In this category you'll find all kinds of small
and big kolam designs which are further categorized for various