My kolam at entrance ( vaasal ) on Fridays
Most of the rangoli here are with two colors white and red ochre or kaavi border , the old style of rangoli designs in kolam art
Yet another kolam for Friday , a free hand design drawn using four lotus patterns on four sides of a design formed using spiral patterns. The kolam is further decorated with usual simple patterns as shown. Below, another kolam on drawn on a Friday. Now , placing the dots around curlicues or curved lines is not my idea, like many other women, I learnt from my mother and so I tend to imitate or emulate her ! The kolam itself is a simple free hand kolam drawn on a Friday. Instead of decorating the entire kolam with kaavi powder, I have decorated or filled portions of the kolam with kaavi so the white kolam is dominant with kaavi in the background. I think it looks different doesn't it.
White rangoli designs for Navratri and other festivals
Rangoli that is drawn on a daily basis goes under different name colloquially, some of them are house rangoli, house kolam, door rangoli and daily rangoli. Hence separate posts have been allotted for them. The theme or the idea is the same but for the sake of convenience of the users and me this has been done. Here I will try to post a few house rangoli designs for Navratri that can be drawn for nine days of the festival. ( In Tamil Nadu it is celebrated for nine days (or nights ) ) The house rangoli in the image above resembles a padi kolam that is drawn for auspicious occasions particularly the square portion with lines. Four simple lotus patterns have been added. The gaps between the lotuses have been filled with the patterns as shown. The rangoli is decorated with borders of rangoli powder and kaavi powder.
Daily rangoli goes under many other names like door rangoli, everyday rangoli or door kolam. As I have stated elsewhere there is a tradition in some states of India of drawing rangoli designs at the entrance daily. Some draw rangoli both in the morning and evening. It is a nice and beautiful tradition and hence some of the rangoli designs that can be drawn at the entrance, daily.
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One more vaasal kolam for Friday this one with parallel lines resulting in the double line pattern shown. The kolam being decorated with florets like patterns. These resemble the florets of a cauliflower or broccoli according to my sister-in-law. After all, we borrow heavily from nature for kolam designs. It is the most abundant and freely available source for designs and patterns and there is no chance of a copy right violation too !
While two line kolam are relatively difficult when compared with a single line kolam, two line kolam with two different colours are more difficult and most difficult when you draw more intricate patterns with this concept. The picking up of two different colours so that the colours inside and outside or on the left and right match throughout the kolam is an activity for the brain - a brain gym really. Some examples and demonstrations of this variety are there in Rangolisansdots. However, the kolam below can rank among the simplest of free hand kolam designs drawn on a Friday with kaavi border. A simple floral petal design inside and outside.
I am of the opinion that a kaavi kolam is as beautiful as a very big kolam with a lot of colours or in other words a rangoli . So even for important festivals like Navratri I draw a kolam with kaavi border. This kolam I drew on Navratri Friday 2016. This kolam can be drawn free hand or with a dot pattern using 5 by 3 or 7 by 4 . As usual some borders on the entrance ( dwara muggulu or gadapa muggulu as my mother used to call them )