White rangoli - double line kolam
Rangolis adorn our home . Thousands of designs are possible. Rangolis without dots is my style.Rangoli-sans-dots will focus primarily on free hand rangolis without dots for all auspicious occasions, pooja rooms, mantaps and festivals like Navrathri, Dussehra, Diwali, Sankranti (Pongal). Most Indians believe drawing of rangolis in homes is auspicious.
| Rangoli no. 1|
The two images below show how the rangoli at the top evolves through parallel lines
Plain rangolis for all occasions, though only a few have been posted are quite popular here. However, these two above are among my most favourite designs that I draw with various permutations and combinations possible with the patterns I have in my mind. If you would have noticed there can be at least seven to eight patterns from the central design to the outermost in a simple pattern like the one above. When they are combined in different orders we get many designs.
This is the first post in Rangoli-sans-dots. More plain rangolis are in plain free hand rangoli , free hand plain rangolis and Rangoli literally means rows of colours and hence they are expected to be colourful. However we cannot totally avoid plain designs (without colour) and hence I will post only a few.
Rangoli is called kolam in Tamil Nadu so I was wondering whether to name it kolam-sans-dots or rangoli-sans-dots. Finally I settled for this name. Sans means without and so rangoli-sans-dots literally means rangoli without dots. These types of designs also called free hand rangoli are my strength ( or weakness ) . So I will attempt to upload rangoli sans dots initially.
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So plain rangoli does not exist. However I am using this term in Rangoli-sans-dots for better classification and understanding. Rangoli is called by various names in different parts of India. i.e. West Bengal, Maharastra, UP, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh etc. However the basic idea is the same. Drawing simple to intricate patterns on the floor using colours to complete the design or drawing just plain and white.
The kolams drawn during Margazhi (the period between December 15 and January 15) are very large, beautiful and colourful. This is an art that is drawn invariably every day at the thresholds or the drawing rooms or puja rooms of houses.