Different rangoli types

Let us start our discussion on the different types of rangoli.

Kolam in literally means beauty. Hence the name for this art in Tamil Nadu.  Usually it is drawn with dots
ner-pulli-dots.jpgThe dot pattern is ner  pulli (i.e the first row of dots at the centre is drawn and the next rows on either side have dots  in line the central row and the next rows have dots in line  the previous dots and so on )as is show in the dot grid below. 


dot-grid-sample.jpgThe dot pattern is idukku pulli (i.e the first row of dots at the centre is drawn and the next rows on either side have dots between the dots in the central row and the next rows have dots between the previous dots and so on )as is show in the dot grid below.



Kolam designs with dots  can be with five dots, six dots  and so on.
Dot patterns can also be unique and not the usual straight (ner) or in between (idukku) like this one. 
There are kolam that are used only for auspicious occasions and that too only in Pooja room. They are Aishwarya kolam and Hridaya kamala kolam.
dot-grid.jpg
There are the padi kolam that are used only for auspicious occasions including house warming functions, marriage etc.

Rangoli can be drawn with stencils, however I have added my ideas and drawn stencils combined with free hand designs 

The other types are Mehndi rangoli and kundan rangoli that I have tried.

Rangoli can also be theme based like  lotus rangoli

Rangoli can also be called Muggulu, Rangavalli and so on.

There is one type called sikku kolam and is available in sikku kolam designs

Rangoli without dots is called free hand rangoli  There are many free hand rangoli designs for festivals like  Margazhi 


There is no limit for the expansion and decoration of  a rangoli.  This is one more most post to show how we can generate ideas on free hand rangoli designs.  Obviously, many are aware of this.  Since I feel that Rangoli-sans-dots should cater to the widest range possible,  I have devoted a few posts and few rangolis to beginners or to those for whom rangoli is a new concept.

In this rangoli the basic design is drawn with parallel lines to form a flower.  Around the flower another parallel line border is drawn at some distance.  Outside the border floral patterns formed with spiral and circular designs are drawn to decorate the rangoli.  The flower inside has pink petals and the flowers outside have yellow petals. The gap between the border and flower has alternate blue and green lines.

Why does one need to know or practice many rangolis. Why do we need to combine the many motifs, designs in various combinations to arrive at new designs.  Why would one need free hand designs and rangoli with dots.  All these questions are answered when we know the philosophy behind the art of rangolis.  Rangolis are drawn at the entrance of homes.  The reasons attributed are many.  One of them is that they are drawn to welcome guests.  Since they are drawn with rice flour or rangoli powder or a mixture of both, at the end of the day the design drawn gets erased.  Ephemeral is an adjective associated with rangoli quite often. It   lasts for a very short time, only for one day.  It cannot be preserved when drawn with rangoli or rice powder. Hence the necessity to draw new, newer rangolis.  Obviously, repeating the same designs means the person who draws and those who view will lose interest.  In such an art like rangoli novelty is welcome.
Hence the need to think of, practise and draw new and different types every day. It is practically not possible to draw rangolis in the literal sense (i.e with colours ) every day.  Hence we usually draw plain designs
Many posts are for free hand rangolis in Rangoli-sans-dots





                                                    


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