Rangoli borders for entrance for daily rangoli to Diwali rangoli designs
This post is for petite kolam that are drawn on the threshold or vaasal padi as we call them
On second thought, I should post some navaratri aarthi plates designs. If not now then when? Aarti plates are a really important aspect of celebration of festivals like Navratri, plate art decoration is for festivals like Karva Chauth ( I understand ). So I will have to give importance to these simple and beautiful decorations that form part of the celebrations of festivals. That will be some time later.
Colourful border rangoli designs for Diwali
Some simple kolam borders / border kolam / rangoli border / side rangoli designs / muggulu borders / border muggulu for Sankranti or Pongal
Two pairs of muggulu borders have been drawn above. As written in an earlier post these borders can be drawn on doorways, around a bigger rangoli or at the base of a bigger design. The first border above is suitable for the base of rangoli because of the design. The central pattern consists of a semicircle, a petal and some simple free hand designs thought of spontaneously. It is decorated with white dots and lines. On either side creeper like designs have been drawn in white. The second design is a floral design with four petals with leaves, in green colour on either side.
A very simple pattern that can be used to cover a free hand or rangoli with dots. The third design below has a repetitive pattern of what I would call a floral design. (Though it looks like a foot drawn for some festivals, in that case there are only four digits). The border is suitable for decorating a bigger rangoli. . The fourth one looks like a floral and jewel combination with designs on either side for symmetry. Can be drawn around a rangoli or at the base.
Rangoli borders or border kolam designs may actually represent jewellery when it comes to beauty, intricacy - whether jewellery design is inspired by such designs or rangoli border designs are due to the inspiration we draw from beautiful jewellery!. Two rangoli borders above that can be draw around bigger designs or independently on doorways. Don't they resemble necklace designs.
Plain white rangoli border designs / border kolam
After a few colourful rangoli borders a set of three borders plain and white that can be used at doorways or as borders below rangoli designs or on the sides of a design. The second one can be used around a rangoli design while the first and third can be drawn along the base of a rangoli. Spiral motifs and other geometric shapes have been used in the design.
The next rangoli border in this series called border rangoli designs aka muggulu borders or side rangoli designs has a floral and leaf combination. Probably, if you go through the images in Rangoli-sans-dots you will observe that the floral design with many intersecting lines is one of my favourites and have used in some designs. It is quite simple to draw the free hand design to get floral petals and on either side draw the leaf patterns all plain and with white rangoli powder only to get the rangoli border, that can also be used to decorate thresholds of houses as we do in Tamil Nadu.
The next three borders are given below. The first one is a simple design suitable for the circumference of a big rangoli. The second one is a flower design with leaves on either side. It can be drawn on the top or bottom of a rangoli or on all sides of rangoli. The last one is a very simple design.
More rangoli borders are in Rangoli borders with flower designs in Rangoli-sans-dots
After some colourful border designs, the next one white and plain. This is also a simple rangoli when drawn separately. The lotus pattern is drawn by first drawing the central pattern, then petals on either sides are added. Finally more lines are drawn inside the petals to represent numerous petals (!). Curved lines are drawn on either side of the lotus one from the bottom reaching the top and the other from the bottom of the lotus reaching the top and on the way forming the body and head of a bird. A lotus and bird combination. I use it regularly even in my rangoli designs.
Rangoli borders / border muggulu with leaf and petals
Another border rangoli designs ( plain without colours like the previous design ) drawn using floral patterns. Draw the pattern at the top, draw spiral designs at the intersecting points. Draw petals around these and add thoranam like designs to get a beautiful design.
Thoranam type threshold rangoli design
Five common threshold rangoli designs or vasapadi kolam vaasal padi kolam
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Collection of rangoli borders
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Free hand border rangoli designs for Diwali
Paisley border rangoli designs for Diwali
Borders at the bottom of a rangoli or around it are part of decorating a rangoli design. While borders can be drawn with dots or free hand . Rangoli-sans-dots should have some borders without dots. Hence a border relevant to this post a jewel (necklace ) like border with a paisley design at the bottom. These borders are actually inspired by necklace designs that are used in jewellery in India. Festoons ( or toran or thoranam in Tamil ) are an important part of festival celebration in India. So it is natural to have some rangoli borders or designs that depict festoons as they are used in India.
The mango leaves as they are strung and hung at the entrance above the doorway is shown through the design below drawn with rangoli powder. Mango designs have also been added for this post since it is a rangoli. Hence the possibilities are infinite for paisley designs. I think these border designs could also be suitable for decorating borders of sarees and chudidars !
Deepavali doorway decoration with lampsLamps or deepam can be used for decorating the entrance after drawing a simple deepam border at the entrance or threshold of our homes. In this image I have used some battery operated artificial lamps. Of course these ideas can be used for Karthigai Deepam too.
Jewellery patterns as rangoli borders
Arisi maavu kolam or alpona borders
Some grind rice flour paste in a mixer and make the paste in various shapes (convenient to be held in the hand ) and dry them. The dried rice flour cakes are used to draw the kolam. The lines are drawn after dipping them in water to liquefy them again.
The first alpona in this series, drawn with rice flower paste. A simple but beautiful floral design with leaves designs on either side. After all designs from nature have their own beauty.
The second and third alpona in this series in the photo below. The first one at the top is a free hand motif with simple designs as shown. The second one is a semi-circular design with repeated patterns. Both can be drawn as part of or at the bottom or top of a larger design.
The next alpona design (or arisi maavu kolam - let me use both names ) is a simple free hand design with a floral petal centre expanded with petals and curved line patterns.
Corner rangoli designs or side rangoli designs or side border designs
The first corner design in the image below has a few straight lines above which there are free hand petals and then borders and curved lines as we have in free hand rangoli designs
The second one has many arcs generating from the edge or point on the right corner decorated with rangoli powder and with a free hand motif that is usually found in many free hand rangoli designs
The third one has been due to the inspiration derived from mehandi designs or mehandi rangoli designs. It looks like a very simple mehandi design, at least the central pattern does. A simple but cute design that can be drawn on side of a rangoli or at a corner.
The fourth design has more specific designs. A lotus at the centre with simple spiral designs on either sides and a few petals and curved lines below. The top is a pattern to suit those below.
The next design for corners of a place or corner of a rangoli is again a free hand style pattern, with tendril and leaf shaped patterns completed as shown in the image below. Such designs are used frequently in alpona patterns.
It is natural to use flowers like lotus are used for freehand rangoli designs with our own decorations added to them. I have to use more lotuses and other flowers, birds and animals for my freehand rangoli.
The one at the bottom is a freehand rangoli with some colourful lines drawn in between. The one above has diyas filled with colours (purple) and also decorated with diyas at the periphery. I hope the purple pink combination is good.
Some kolam with a border for Pongal or Sankranti muggulu
Next a double line border is drawn. The four edges and area between two edges is filled with patterns with single and double line rangolis. Finally fill the place between the parallel lines with pink and blue coluours. The border rangoli again using parallel lines and colourful lines in blue and red is drawn with colours and design to match the rangoli at the centre. For the Tamil New year festival season.
The next kolam has may layers of borders. The first border in green and white around the orange paisley designs and then another paisley border above and around the smaller paisley designs. Finally one side of the outer paisleys decorated as shown.