chikku kolam poduvathu eppadi pics

13 pulli sikku kolam | sikku kolam 13 dots 


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


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.


The next step is using the outer dots


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









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 


Place 8 rows of 16 dots


Then 8 dots 4 rows on either side

Mark the centres as shown


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


After all sides are connected


Next connect on all four sides

2nd side

3rd side

Connect the edges to get smooth curved lines


Place dots and designs inside to complete the rangoli


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


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


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


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.






 Once the  puzzle with lines is complete add designs as shown in the pics





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 


Parrot kolam designs with dots step by step images

Kolam for Pongal 2019 |  Muggulu for Sankranthi 2019 

A very beautiful kolam called kili kolam in Tamil.  The beauty lies in connecting the dots with curved lines to form the neck and tail.  Once we achieve this ,  it is child's play.


The dot pattern is 15 to 8 - idukku pulli











The pictures show the step by step procedure for this awesome rangoli.  I have added as many pics as possible so that every one can follow easily.  This is a classical rangoli for Sankranthi or Pongal when we try to show off our artistic skills through such designs. 

Usually I draw all the kolam standing or sitting from one side only.  This is not easy because we have to visualise all the patterns , connecting the lines with the dots from one side.  Some how I am comfortable with this technique in most kolams.  This kolam when I drew for the video to be uploaded on my YouTube Channel it was difficult because I had to get the tails as perfectly as possible on all sides.  Drawing each kolam is a different experience and gives a new experience too !

9 by 9 dots rangoli step by step pics

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The advantage of this kolam is that it is created with straight line.  Only when there are curved lines we need more practice and supple wrists.  For example flower designs like the lotus.  This can be easily drawn by us all.

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The pictures show the steps to make it easy to understand
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Unlike most dot rangoli here in some places we extend the line beyond the dot grid
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The dots remaining at the edges can be converted into flower designs with a tooth pick or match stick.  If we want to use a cotton bud we need to have bigger bullets of rangoli powder as the edge of the cotton bud is thicker than a tooth pick. 

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One more view of the fourth side being connected with dots

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Though we use only straight lines we can get confused ,  that is why I have added lots of pictures.
In the photo below we can see that I missed in one of the places ,  this happens if we lose our concentration even a little bit !

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An excellent rangoli for Margali or Pongal particularly to add colours.  For those who are looking for a square dot rangoli for Diwali this will be simple  and suitable.

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