Pulli kolam designs

Kolam designs with dots

While free hand rangolis are popular in many parts of India, rangoli with dots called (pulli ) kolam in Tamil is popular in Tamil Nadu.  This can be further classified into two types ner pulli kolam  and idukku pulli kolam.

To explain it further if one draws a ner pulli kolam with a 15 to 1 dot pattern it means that the central row of dots is 15 and the last row has one dot  - odd number of dots are placed in descending order i.e 13,11, 9, 7,5,3 and 1 and a convenient distance (1 cm approx)  on either side of the central row of 15 dots.
In idukku pulli kolam the first row of dots is placed, the next row of dots is placed below the first row in between the dots of the first row and the third row below the second row at a reasonable distance  between the dots of the second row and so on. This is to be done on both sides of the central row.Some pulli kolam designs I designed for Rangoli-sans-dots.  I will upload as and when it is possible.In case you are interested in simpler kolam  go to simple kolam with dots.  Please do  like my Facebook page Rangoli sans dots

9 dots kolam with four birds
kolam-design-130-j.jpgkolam-design-130-k.jpgThe kolam above on the top is of 9 dot to 1 dot pattern kolam with four "colourful" birds.  A simple design.   Place the 9 to 1 dot template. Draw the central pattern and expand outward to get the wings  Draw the head and crown and beak of the bird. The remaining dots at the centre are filled up with patterns as shown in the image.  You can also decide your own pattern.   There is some influence of free hand design in the birds and hence the combination of dots and free hand rangoli results in the image shown above. Some colourful lines have been added to parallel to the basic white design to get a beautiful and attractive rangoli. This rangoli may not appear to be simple, hence the photo above showing how to draw the basic patterns at the centre and around. From this the beak, crown and tail of the birds can be developed based on our imagination.
11 to 6 dot flower kolam design
The rangoli  on the top below is of  dot grid  11 to 6 dots (idukku pulli).  A floral design with dots.  They are the most sought after in rangoli designs.  Probably the beauty and colours of flowers attract us so much that we desire to draw them often.  Though it is preferable to upload videos for rangoli with dots, simple rangolis and for at least some of the free hand designs so that the steps involved are shared with viewers, I have a separate channel for the videos .  Accordingly I try to include videos for pulli kolams, simple kolams with dots and for some free hand rangolis.  

This rangoli (on the top left ) is drawn by the following method.  Draw the six flowers on the outside one by one.  Then draw the central flower with six petals.  Obviously, there are six flowers on the periphery to match the six petals at the centre.  Connect all with simple patterns or curved lines.  Now the difficult part, fill the entire rangoli with different colours as shown in the image.  I have used two shades of blue for the petals if you would have observed.  

15 to 1 dot kolam design with deepam or lamp patterns
kolam-design-130-a.jpgjolam-design-130-b.jpgThe 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! The video is from my YouTube channel - Rangolisansdots


kolam-design-130-c.jpgThe next kolam is of dot pattern 11 to 6 (idukku pulli).  This is a simple floral design.  Draw the 6 flowers around the central flower.    The gaps between the flowers are converted into simple designs using the remaining dots.  Finally fill all the designs with colour rangoli powder to get the image shown below. The trick to get the floral petal patterns at the centre and on the outside right to get a beautiful effect on the rangoli.  The colours only enhance the beauty of the design.  Choosing colours can be left to our imagination for general floral designs but for specific flowers like rose, lotus and hibiscus there are restrictions.

15 to 1 dot kolam with floral petals

The kolam below is 15 to 1 straight dots (ner pulli). A simple floral petal central design surrounded by some flowers and leaves.  I have added a few colours  The method is - draw the outer designs on the four sides. Then draw the central floral designs.  Connect the designs as shown.  Fill with parallel lines of different colours. The pattern at the centre is a simple floral petal design and this I have used in some rangoli designs.  The remaining dots are also used to get more flower and leaf patterns to get the rangoli.
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.
rangoli-stage-2.jpgdots-rangoli-stage-1.jpgThe 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.

kolam-design-130-g.jpgkolam-design-130-i.jpgThe kolam design on the left - I have already drawn in November 2012 for Karthigai Deepam.  .  It is very simple and we can decide the number of dots because the pattern is repetitive. I have adopted 6 dots to 5 pattern.  Draw repeated elliptical patterns inclined on either side. Depending upon the number of rows and columns we get a small or large diya rangoli design. The  design on the right is the completed kolam of 7 by 7 dot version shown above in two stages.

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