Kolam designs with dotsWhile free hand rangolis are popular in many parts of India, rangoli with dots called (pulli ) kolam in Tamil or chukkala muggulu is popular in Tamil Nadu (chukkala muggulu in Telugu ). This can be further classified into two types ner pulli kolam and idukku pulli kolam. Some of these kolam designs may be useful for Margazhi kolam too.
The dot pattern for the third kolam shown above is 15 to 1 (ner pulli). Draw the four outer diya or lamp designs and then the lamp and floral designs at the centre. This is also a simple kolam but again with influence of free hand rangolis in the motifs on either side of the lamps. Fill the remaining areas with light and dark brown rangoli powder Below, the same design without the gaps being filled up. Filling up the gaps will take some time and needs patience! Two intermediate steps of the kolam in the photos below. A kolam that can be drawn for Margazhi also because we prefer bigger kolam designs during Margazhi upto Pongal.
Two intermediate stages of the colourful design above are shown to give an idea of how the kolam progresses from the dot grid to the final stage. As shown in the first image the floral patterns on the four corners are drawn and then the dots between the floral patterns are used with a pattern as shown. Of course we have the liberty to change the designs according to our imagination. For example some leaf patterns can also be drawn in these dots. The next image shows how the dots at the middle are used. Three dots on each side remain as shown. Refer to the final image with colours to complete the kolam design.
The next one is with 7dots to 7 dot pattern. A simple floral pullikolam design. . Again the outer designs are drawn and the remaining dots used to get the central design. The outer patterns can also be converted into birds or butterflies - the patterns on the four edges - as is obvious from the image. The images in black and white show two intermediate stages of the kolam design. The first one shows the dot pattern with the outer floral designs in three stages. The second image shows how the central designs are drawn. They give an idea as to how the kolam design progresses.
pulli deepam kolam or dot rangoli with lamps
For smaller kolam
simple kolam with dots.