This post will have a collection of different types of kolam i.e some of the various categories of kolam that are possible . It will include videos for those who may need it and explanation and images with steps for others. Hope you enjoy creating these traditional designs using these resources.
Please note all videos are from my video Channel on YouTube - Rangolisansdots
Traditional padi kolam
Step 1 - draw the basic square with four lines
Next add the four triangles on all four sides to develop the kolam
Now the next step create a pattern matching the inner design as shown in the image.
The two inner lines being drawn on all sides
The centre of the square is decorated as per our imagination. A simple rhombus connecting all four sides with dots inside should do. The standard and traditional practice is drawing two parallel lines connecting the diagonals so that we get an multiplication symbol like appearance. Then dots are placed on all four sides
The kolam should not be stopped at this step but should be decorated further as shown below with floral patterns adorning the gaps. I decided to stop it with this step. We can continue further also.
Why are padi kolam auspicious my opinion
This is only my guess as I already said, if anyone has a different view or better knowledge kindly share through the comment section.
Melika muggulu video
While we draw sikku kolam for entrance kolam decoration ,we do not use for Friday kolam at the entrance or for Puja room for any day . Having said that , traditions , customs vary from place to place and from family to family.
Complicated rangoli designs
This will rank among the most difficult kolam I have ever tried. There is a smaller version of this kolam which by itself is not an easy rangoli to draw. This will require a lot of practice to learnt and then concentration while drawing it. It is very easy to get lost because it just horizontal lines of different lengths ( increasing in length towards the centre and decreasing in length towards the bottom. These lines , the edges of these lines are connected with inclined lines. What are lines to be connected and in what order definitely made it very confusing. I shared it as a video , what ever little knowledge we possess or gain when we share with others it gives us a lot of satisfaction. It is just a pattern , a rangoli or kolam pattern made with lines. An expert in Mathematics asked me on YouTube there is some geometry in it and asked whether I knew about it. Frankly , I can only draw kolam with kola podi , Mathematics is not my cup of tea. So I accepted that I am not aware of the Math associated with it. Please try and if you have or discover an easier method of drawing please share your ideas through the comments section. After all discussion leads to more knowledge.