In any art, there should be liberty for innovation. So this post has been updated with the following colourful neli kolam designs. They are from the kolam designs below but have been drawn with two colours both lines drawn simultaneously. This method has been uploaded in my YouTube channel and using this method I am updating posts where ever possible with some special kolam designs. Drawing neli kolam with parallel lines is difficult but common. So to try something different, these two designs.
The lines have been drawn with green and yellow colours. How to pick the colours and how to draw the lines refer to the video in the Rangolisansdots my YouTube Channel The two images in black and white (below ) show us how to draw the kolam below. The two images above show the steps with usual white kolam powder. Probably this and some sikku kolam designs are similar to celtic wire designs for jewellery and resemble some patterns the only difference being that these are drawn with kolam powder while they are made with wires. This us another proof that there are many beautiful art forms in this world and that they have all contributed to the beauty of our world.
For the kolam on the top. The dot pattern is 7 at the centre, two rows of 5 on either side and then 1 on either side. There may be methods simple and difficult to draw these kolams, to start and end the meandering line. The images below show intermediate steps.
For the kolam on the top that has another non-standard dot pattern the dot grid is placed as follows, 5, 4 (idukku pulli), 5,3 and 1. Then 3 and 1 at the top.
This kolam on the top has a non-standard dot pattern as is the case of many sikku kolam or neli kolam designs. The idea is get a final image that has some symmetry. Hence the dot pattern for the kolam on the right is 6 and 6 with three dots between any two dots of the six dot line. Then four dots on either side and finally two dots. One dot is placed between four and two dots. Two images showing the intermediate steps for this sikku kolam have been added
In this type of design and also in many other designs variations are possible. After all sky is the limit for our imagination. One such variation of this sikku kolam design is shown below. Add lotus patterns on all four sides of the kolam and add a few colours, pink in this colours because the pink is usually associated with lotus. There are quite a few that have lotus as theme in lotus rangoli designs
The dot template is 7 at the centre and 5, 7 and 3 on either side for the sikku kolam on the left
It is quite normal to see designs like 3 an 4 shown above drawn at the entrances of houses in Tamil Nadu. Bigger kolam designs are drawn for festivals and other special occasions
Neli kolam or chikku kolam or suzhi kolamIt is a classical Tamil kolam because I think it is practised only in Tamil Nadu. One of the common kolam designs underr the pulli vecha kolam designs of Tamil Nadu.
The next neli kolam is with a 5 by 5 dot grid with one dot at the centre outside the grid on all four sides. The images below show three steps to the final design. The first image shows upto a certain level of the kolam and the second image continuation. Though it is possible to decide how to draw this kolam by concentrating on the path taken by the lines - two images - thumbnails from the video taken for this kolam has been added.
The next neli kolam is also with a 5 by 5 dot grid but instead of four single dots on four sides outside the dot grid in this kolam we have only two more dots one at the top and one at the bottom As usual two photos showing the intermediate steps in this simple kolam that can be drawn as "daily kolam design " at the entrance.
The dot pattern used is 5 by 3 with one dot on either side.
This neli kolam design is also a very simple and straight forward kolam with 5 by 5 dot pattern. This can be drawn independently as a kolam at the entrance or can be a part of a kolam using these patterns at the corners called the kulam kolam ( pond kolam ). Neli kolam are also called suzhi kolam. Suzhi means loop or ring. It may also mean zero. Since neli kolam results in the formation of loops (probably ) it is called so too.
Many smaller and symmetric ( sikku kolam or symmetric ) neli kolam can be combined repeatedly to form bigger kolam - the pond kolam is an example. Even the pond or kulam kolam can be made bigger and bigger depending upon the space and time available. Such kolam can be drawn for the month of kolam - Margazhi.
Kolam borders can also be drawn using neli kolam aka chikku kolam patterns. One example is shown through three images. Three rows of dots are placed. The number of dots in each row will be odd in number since the pattern repeats after 1-3, 3-5, 5-7 and so on. As shown in the image draw the repeating rhombus like patterns covering 1 to 3, 3 to 5 etc. Then draw the neli kolam patterns using up the dots in the upper and lower rows.
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