Sikku kolam or melika muggulu
If we read we may understand , if we do we will learn perfectly. No amount of notes or written matter is sufficient to draw some of the not so easy melikala muggulu also called neli kolam or chikku kolam as it called in Tamil.
Many of the dot patterns used or non standard though the common dot patterns are also used in some muggu. Observing the pictures carefully may help one in understanding the concept behind each muggu of this variety. The better option is to watch the videos and practice again and again till we are comfortable.
Padi kolam designs or rangoli designs with lines
A variation is the kanya kolam that is drawn with patterns other than a square usually. However some call padi kolams also as kanya kolams. The classification varies across families because there is no laid down procedure. These traditions have been handed over from mother to daughter for generations. So definitions, classifications can vary. However they are drawn with 2, 4 or 5 lines. We can draw with 6 lines also but that will make the kolam big.
Idukku pulli kolam | oodu pulli kolangal | idai pulli kolams
Free hand rangoli | white rangoli designs
The use of straight lines to form geometric patterns , curved lines and motifs to get simple rangoli designs is evident when we study the images.
The dot pattern is 5 to 3 idukku pulli , from which the basic star pattern is drawn for the centre design. Then free hand patterns and lines are drawn to get the white rangoli shown in the pictures.
An easy and simple kolam.