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Nepenthes --  the pitcher plant
Created by Lata on 2010-06-08,

It has been my dream to make a rangoli that represents one of my favorite plants; the Pitcher plant - Nepenthes. There are many variations when it comes to the shape and color of the Pitcher plant. Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants. Plants consist of specialized leaves in the shape of a pitcher which contains liquid. The insects get attracted to the pitcher and drown in the liquid. The plant absorbs the contents over a period of few days. The comments tag leads you to a detail page, that has the flies-animation file. There are 8 flies zooming around that get settled (trapped) on the dots that were intentionally left over within the pitcher (2 per pitcher). This is a dotted kolam; 15x1, parallel style. Here is one species of Nepenthes:

http://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/m1/EleNZ2/Nepenthes_alata_boschiana1...

The flower is equally interesting both in terms of the petal-shape and color:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/63/16...

Star kolam
Created by Lata on 2010-04-06,

Enjoy!

Rangoli: Clover dotted kolam
Created by Lata on 2010-03-17,

A dotted kolam for St.Patrick's day. Dot count; 7x4 (interlaced).

Single stroke kolam
Created by Lata on 2010-02-25,

Inspired by Mrs.Rajam. Dot count: 15, 13 (2lines), 9 (2 lines), 5 (2 lines) and ending in 1 dot on all sides. I had made a colored version of the same last year and published it here. But, I had to unpublish it after an hour or so, since I didn't realize that I had published the same dotted kolam done by another member. But, this version is an animated one, as promised to Mrs.Rajam. Let me know what you think of it. Smile

Here is the original version: http://ikolam.com/node/3382

Mahashivarathri rangoli
Created by Lata on 2009-12-01,

We would like to wish all our members a very happy festival season. With the winter only couple of weeks away, we are eagerly waiting for the margazhi season to begin! We hope you will share your rangoli/kolam creations with us throughout this auspicious season culminating with the Pongal festival.

Rangoli: Happy Thanksgiving! rangoli
Created by Lata on 2009-11-26,

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to recognize that God has given us many things to be thankful for, each passing day. The things that we are most thankful for: Love, Family, Health, Friendship --- all of you!! Smile

This rangoli is based on a 6x6 dot grid. I have made use of the horn-shaped wicker basket called cornucopia to make this rangoli. These baskets are filled with various kinds of vegetables and fruits harvested in the fall season, in North America. The cornucopia is also known as the Horn of Plenty, or the Harvest cone, and is a symbol of abundance.

Rangoli: School of Fish Rangoli
Created by Lata on 2009-09-18,

This is a dotted rangoli. I had created this rangoli 5 years back. But, back then, we had not introduced the commenting feature, and so, it never got any feedback from any of our members. It was time for these beauties to swim up! Smile

Rangoli: Anbusangeeth's requested Dotted Kolam
Created by Lata on 2009-09-17,

Here is the requested Dotted kolam that had ducks and fishes.
The dot count is 21 - 11, interlaced dots (idukku pulli).
I quickly drew this diagram to show the dots and the basic patterns, that fits within the grids.
I'll upload the printable version of the dots separately, so that anybody could take a print out and try it out.

Bluebells Rangoli
Created by Lata on 2009-09-14,

This is my animated version of the Bluebells kolam. Hope you like it.

Rangoli: The inspiration kolam of Part 4 of Mr.mOhanaji's story
Created by rajamma_2 on 2009-09-12,

All along I was postponing to draw the easy methods of this kolam.
THOSE WHO ARE IN A HURRY DO NOT TRY THIS NOW.
mOhanaji, I am thrilled to see this pattern finding a place in your wonderful story.
In chennai meet, I did not get time to explain.
Anirudhji, sorry for the delay in giving the details.
There are 2 ways to draw.First put 16 dots in a circular design.
1)After each dot put 3 small lines. The dot and the 3 lines next to it make one set or group.Then start from any one dot join it in a semi circular way in the inner circle to the third line in the following set( leaving inbetween 2 sets.
Then from there continue drawing a small outer semicircle joining it to the dot starting after 2 sets. Repeat this inner, outer curves alternatively till u come to the starting point . If u read this seeing the picture it will be clear.Then putting 3 more parellel lines connecting the left out dots/ lines are easy.
This method gives perfect symmetry.

2)Here no need to explain. Draw eight lines without touching the dots. Then join each lines outside in semi circle to the other line leaving 3 dots in between.Once the main design is completed draw the extra parellel lines.

I do not know whether it is clear. Ask if any doubt.
For me it was a challenge when my sister asked me to try this.

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