chikku kolam poduvathu eppadi pics


9 dot sikku kolangal new | Neli kolam with 9 dots


If you are asking Google in Tamil !

சிக்கு கோலம் போடுவது எப்படி 

then this post may have some answers !

The step by step pictures below explain how to draw the 9 pulli sikku kolam . We can try for our Margazhi kolangal or as a daily kolam 

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Big chikku kolam with 10 dots


The first few steps are easy

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It is tricky from this step , we have to carefully find our way around the dots ,  we have to really concentration if we want to succeed in these type of kolams

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Next nine dots chikku kolam



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Dot pattern 3,3,7,7,7,3,3 from the top for this sikku kolam 

Chikku kolangal are beautiful rangoli wherein lines are drawn around a dot pattern.  They are unique to South India. called sikku kolangal or neli kolam in Tamil, gantina rangoli in Kannada and melikala muggulu in Telugu.  In English they also go under the name of twisted , tangled rangoli 

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Next nelivu kolam the dot grid is 10dots two rows then 8,6,4,2 on either side 

Really beautiful these type of rangolis with twists and turns and a good mental exercise too.

Medium sized chikku kolam


10 dots two rows then 8,6,4,2 on either side.  We can try these medium size kolams for Margazhi kolams ( மார்கழி கோலங்கள்  )  Margazhi is also called Dhaurmasam ( தனுர் மாதம் )


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13 pulli sikku kolam | sikku kolam 13 dots , little difficult and complicated , made easy 


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This is a fusion kolam with chikku kolam as base and borders on all four sides taken from padi kolam
The dot grid used is 13 to 1

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There are many methods to draw these kolam .  The more the continuous the lines are or in other words the lesser the number of patterns the design is split into to complete the kolam the more beautiful it is.  The joints will not be evident.

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The next step is using the outer dots

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As we near completion of the design,  it becomes more and more beautiful.

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Also called melika muggu ,  these traditional kolangal are beautiful and unique because the lines go around the dot grid.  They can be challenging also.  I have added elsewhere a small chikku design that is quite challenging .  At first it appears difficult and it is difficult to master it too. 

16 pulli Pongal kolam thru images



Beautiful rangoli kolam designs with dots for Sankranti or Pongal

A very old and traditional kolam 

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Place 8 rows of 16 dots

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Then 8 dots 4 rows on either side
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Mark the centres as shown

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Connect with lines , the next step,observe the pictures carefully

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After all sides are connected

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Next connect on all four sides

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2nd side
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3rd side
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Connect the edges to get smooth curved lines
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Place dots and designs inside to complete the rangoli

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Really hats off to ladies of our country who could do such creative rangoli designs .  I am not surprised having seen the elder ladies in my family sit with us after dinner creating kolam designs.
Fortunately there was not distraction in the form of television etc those days so time was utilised in such innovative ways.  

Rangoli kolam designs without dots steps



How awesome can a traditional rangoli get ! Images show the step by step procedure


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We can add colours for Dhanurmasam or Sankranti otherwise a simple kaavi filling here and there should enhance the attractiveness.

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Draw a square and parallel lines on all four sides.  Remove excess length if any

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Connect the lines with inclined lines.  The next few images show the steps.  It is not complicated and it follows a rule .  When seen on the image ,  the bottom right connects to the top left and the bottom left connects to the top right and so on.
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 Once the  puzzle with lines is complete add designs as shown in the pics

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The beauty of traditional kolam is the creativity.  It is amazing and awesome that our mothers and grandmothers could create so many designs ( this rangoli was created by me :) )  .  I remember , we sisters discussing with our mother , discussing the various patterns that could be created .  With a chalk piece we used to create on the floor infinite designs .  The most beautiful design was usually decided by consensus.  So many positive attributes are given to kolam by modern day scientists like -  it improves hand , eye coordination ,  exercise to the brain and so on.  We were blissfully unaware of these benefits of drawing kolam.  We created , drew with religious fervor because it is a tradition .

Coming to this kolam ,  the free hand motifs outside make it more beautiful.  However while selecting such patterns we should ensure that they are congruous with the main design.  This comes from experience.

This is a kolam without dots to form four butterfly patterns at the edges of a square.   Lots of designs and  shading makes it more attractive.  Watch the video if you like to know the steps