Muggulu borders - kolam borders or border kolam

Rangoli borders can be used independently to decorate doorways and places where there is little access or they can be used at the bottom or sides of rangoli

kolam-border-2.jpgkolam-border-1.jpgTwo pairs of  borders have been drawn in this post.  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.

 The pair of rangoli borders above are free hand type.  They can be drawn on the periphery of a rangoli particularly the upper one.  They can be drawn plain or with colours.  The second border is usually drawn at the bottom of rangoli like padi kolam or any other auspicious rangoli.  Both use petals or leaf like motifs.

The second pair of borders below.  The lower design can be independently drawn as a rangoli particularly for festivals like Republic Day or Independence day because of the use of colours orange, white and green.  It can also be used around a bigger rangoli for Margazhi or Diwali.  The one at the top can be used as rangoli border for any free hand rangoli, colourful

kolam-border-3.jpg  The next rangoli border, can be drawn on either side of a bigger rangoli, a series of floral petal patterns in different colours, surrounded by a suitable double line border, filled with a colour rangoli powder.                                          

The next rangoli border is a free hand thoranam or toran design that is drawn on the top of a rangoli.  It is quite simple with leaf patterns filled with green colour. This design has been used for Ugadi rangoli
I have posted some of this type earlier. Here some more are posted for the Navratri Dussehra rangoli season


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.

kolam-border-3.jpg        The next border design, on the left, is a simple design filled with a few colours with white lines added inside.  It can be used on the base of a bigger rangoli or as a part of a design drawn on the periphery of a larger rangoli.    Borders are petite rangolis that can be drawn independently or along the periphery of a larger rangoli.  

The next kolam border - uses thoranam for a theme.  The image I think is self-explanatory.  The thoranam like design can be drawn for decorating mantap for  festivals like Vinayaka Chathurthi  (Vinayaka Chavithi ) and Navratri.


 The first pair of rangoli borders above are designed liked jewels!.  The first one has two simple rangoli borders with petals in between.  Colours are added and white dots placed to get the final design.  The second one has a floral pattern with a simple border below.  Both can be used around  a bigger rangoli and the second design at the base of a rangoli as we do occasionally.

The second pair of rangoli borders below.  Both are floral designs.  The first one has three flowers one with pink and other two on either side with blue petals.  All have a simple border at the base.  The second border design has a flower with a few petals as shown.  Both can be drawn at the base of a bigger rangoli or around a rangoli when we want to add some motifs.  The first one above can also be drawn as an endless design of alternate pink and blue flowers.
The pair of rangoli borders below are with floral designs theme.  The first border a free hand design has pink petals and creeper like designs drawn.  This can be drawn around a rangoli or on the thresholds.  The next is also a floral petal design with pink colour with alternate leaves and flower (with three petals ) arrangement.  It is meant for a rangoli border i.e around a rangoli. 

The third rangoli border below has lotuses like designs with blue and red lotus.  It is more appropriate for doorways and can be used below or above a basic rangoli also.  The fourth border design is with spiral patterns decorated with colours and simple motifs.  It is suitable to be drawn around a rangoli. These are  rangoli borders for Diwali and other  festivals and for routine application.  There are rangoli borders drawn for Diwali in Rangoli-sans-dots. Border rangolis - very few of them have been posted so far. 

The next rangoli border in this series called border 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.      

For free hand rangoli
 Diwali rangolis
Margazhi kolam collection.

A video of  shows some of the borders including those in this post I have posted so far in Rangoli-sans-dots is available in my Channel Rangolisansdots.  All are free hand designs, with repetitive or symmetrical patterns as borders usually are.