What mediums of color are used for a kolam?
When it comes to applying color to kolams, there are only a couple of ways, which meet all the requirements as far as beautification is concerned. You can color a kolam by using the color of nature, such as flowers, by removing the petals of the flowers and using it to fill inside the outlines of the kolam. Kolams colored with petals of roses, jasmines and marigolds look strikingly beautiful, and the whole area smells so fragrant!
Some colors like yellow or brown could be easily used from your kitchen or pantry. Turmeric is used for yellow and ground coffee beans could be used for brown. Some color savvy ladies in India like to save used-up coffee grounds and tea leaves for the purpose for coloring kolams. Red , orange and maroon color powders are collected by grinding up some red gravel or bricks.
There are commercially made colored powder or dyes available in the market. You can mix those dyes with the rice flour or the sandstone powder to get the desired hues you want and then color the kolams.
Once the Kolam or Rangoli has gone through the final touches of the artist, it becomes an eye-catching dramatic centerpiece of the entryway.