Kavi kolam rangoli designs for sevvai kizhamai


                                             
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Kavi kolam are drawn for Friday kolam , Tuesday kolam as also for functions.  This is a very simple traditional lines kolam decorated with a kaavi border.  I usually apply kavi with a cotton bud dipped in the kavi solution. This padi kolam is a variation of a design I drew in another post.  I drew lotus designs on the four edges of the square .  

Here I have replaced them with line patterns.  I have added the borders I draw at the entrance ( gadapa muggulu according to my mother ) also in this rangoli. 

 In our house it our tradition to draw straight lines with neli lines on either sides and finally decorated with kaavi lines on either side as shown in the image.  Invariably I draw a lotus between these borders.

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Next Tuesday kavi kolam is a traditional padi kolam , a classical one formed with just perpendicular and parallel lines intersecting to form a step like formation on all sides.  The edges can be decorated with small and simple motifs .  However , I have stopped at the step itself because we can spend only a few minutes for our daily kolam.  We have to supply coffee , tea , breakfast to our family members (!) who have to leave for office and school, college. 

 If we are working women it is all the more difficult to find time for any extra activity.  However , kolam is part of our tradition and should not be considered an extra activity and we should try our best to make it daily.  I draw kolam daily at the entrance and was somewhat surprised when I noticed that some draw once or twice in a week.  

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The entrance sill I usually decorate with lines , neli and lotus as shown in the previous image.  I draw a free hand pattern at the base of this design combination and this I keep changing.  This is norm in my kolam making.  First the lotus with lines and neli on either side of the lotus.

Then a free hand design at the base of the lotus design.  Then I move away a little further back to draw the main kolam.  I call it the main kolam to identify it only.  It is also invariably small and simple .


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The next kolam / rangoli   is a simple free hand kolam I drew on Margazhi Tuesday and so the kaavi decoration along the periphery of the kolam.  This is quite simple and the images should explain the steps for this kolam

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After drawing the basic outlines the next step is to fill the inside of the kolam with patterns that somewhat match the design.
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Cotton bud dipped kaavi solution is used to draw the border.
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Such kolam can be drawn for Aadi chevvai ( Aadi sevvai )

I have added more kolam designs that can be drawn on Tuesdays .  These are quite unique if you observe.  In the first design below , I have made use of lotus patterns   The central design ,  I have used in many rangoli with dots.  Instead of lotus we can draw some deepam patterns also.   This design can be used for a special kolam on a festival that falls on Tuesday or for the month of Aadi if we are looking for traditional rangoli designs

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The next kolam is quite an interesting kolam.  It can be tricky if we do not follow some basic steps in creating this kolam.  First draw the four rhombus shapes.  Then draw two lines intersecting inside the rhombus ( please refer the picture ) once that is done the rest is easy.  The extended intersecting lines are connected to get this simple and beautiful  kolam.


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A simple lines kolam , start with sets of four lines , intersecting at right angles.  Connect the edges with wavy patterns .  Decorate with free hand motifs as shown.  Decorate with kaavi to complete the kolam


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The next one is a classical padi kolam with  a square base .  The idea is similar to the one above.
Only thing is it is a little more complicated with the curved lines forming contours for the floral petal patterns all sides.   The gaps are also decorated with floral petals on a spiral base.

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The next kolam muggu also a padi kolam because kaavi border is usually associated with padi kolam.
One of the main aspects to be noted in padi kolam that enhances the beauty is the drawing of thin  lines.  Thinner the lines better the appearance  of the kolam.  However I have added floral patterns on four sides ( we have to try something different or novel  occasionally !)

Aadi sevvai or Tuesday during the Tamil  month of Aadi is also important for padi kolam with kavi border.

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