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The Kolam ( Rangoli ) ....

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 17 February 2020 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This design is made with rice flour outside a Temple Entrance. The meaning behind this, being..a lot of ants and some insects may feed on this to avert hunger. Of course, and also as an auspicious sign :))\
When we are young, we are taught by our mothers or grandmothers to create these. We adorn even our homes with these. These are called Dot Kolams, as symmetrical dots are used to make these.

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By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Beautiful artistic work

17 Feb 2020 5:32am

@By Marie: Thank you Marie..I used to draw so many of these when we were in independant homes but now at the apartments, space is very little and no chance to make big ones !!

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine tradition. The author is skilled.

17 Feb 2020 6:12am

@Jypyä Pop: Yes...There are ladies who make even three dimensional ones!

Anne from France

Beau motif

17 Feb 2020 6:25am

@Anne: :))) meaci

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


17 Feb 2020 6:47am

@Dimitrios: Thank you Dimitrios :))

Captain Creation from Saint Nazaire. Pays de la Loire., France

Très beau travail d'artiste.

17 Feb 2020 7:45am

@Captain Creation: :)) Merci beaucoup :)

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

How beautiful is this decoration.

17 Feb 2020 7:46am

@Marjolein: Thank you Marjolein. We can place dots whichever way we wish to and create these designs!

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Joli !

17 Feb 2020 8:06am

@jpla: Merci beaucoup Jpla :)

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Joli motif peint ou dessiné sur le sol !
Bon début de semaine lumineuse!

17 Feb 2020 8:13am

@Benkirane Thami: :))) merci beaucoup :)))

lisl from United Kingdom

It is a lovely and meaningful design

17 Feb 2020 8:18am

@lisl: Thank you for the appreciation Lisl :)))

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Thank you for the enlightenment . .

17 Feb 2020 8:23am

@Ronnie 2¢: :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Ah!! You did not have to go in search of a Sal Tree:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

A nice photo and explanation of this motif.

17 Feb 2020 10:11am

@Marjolein: Thank you Marjolein :)))

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

I mean: pattern!

17 Feb 2020 10:12am

@Marjolein: Thank you Marjolein..It's okay :)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A beautiful design is nicely captured and with interesting information.

17 Feb 2020 10:34am

@Willem: There are more complicated ones with more dots Willem !!!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what a beautiful flowing line is drawn here, Well documented

17 Feb 2020 10:45am

@grouser: Thank you grouser :))

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nice traditional work

17 Feb 2020 11:05am

@Hiro: Thank you Hiro :)))

Maryse from bordeaux, France

très jolie tradition !

17 Feb 2020 11:22am

@Maryse: :))) Merci beaucoup :)

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful design.

17 Feb 2020 12:03pm

@beach: Thank you beach :))

Rose from Clinton, United States

This is very intricate...

17 Feb 2020 12:41pm

@Rose: Actually this is very simple Rose. There are designs with 21 dots or even 35 dots!!!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Such an ornate design that serves a dual purpose! Great find and thank you for the explanation.

17 Feb 2020 1:53pm

@Steven: Thank you Steven :)))

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Looks nice!

17 Feb 2020 2:16pm

@Ralf Kesper: Thank you Ralf :)))

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I would like to know how to do this. If I'd know about it when I was teaching I would have had my students design one as a project.

17 Feb 2020 3:47pm

@B. Thomas: Once you get the hang of it it is easy to draw B:)) I had a note book full of these and gave it away to a girl who was interested ( Aw!! I have no daughters ). . In fact, in the thirty days between December 15th and January fifteenth every year, even colour powders are used in making these and there is stiff competition among girls and each one tries to create huge ones in front of their homes. The streets are full of these . At times,, competitions are arranged and prizes are given to the best presentation ! Now, eben men are into making these!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SO lovely!

17 Feb 2020 4:54pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you Ruthie :)

Claudiel from belgium, Belgium

it must be difficult to draw that work of art

17 Feb 2020 5:00pm

@Claudiel: It is not difficult at all if you have a liking for it Claudiel. Even imagination plays a lot in creating these.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue et dessin blanc sur cette pierre grise superbe
Belle soirée

17 Feb 2020 5:18pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup mon ami Nicou :))

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


17 Feb 2020 5:40pm

@Existence Artistique: Merci beaucoup Existence :)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo of the Kolam .

17 Feb 2020 5:50pm

@Mhelene: Thank you Mhelene :)))

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle tradition, c'est vraiment magnifique.

17 Feb 2020 6:46pm

@tataray: Thank you tataray :)

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely design.

17 Feb 2020 8:11pm

@omid: Thank you Omid :)))

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A beautiful decoration and pattern.
Thanks for your explanation.

17 Feb 2020 8:33pm

@Dreams come true: I appreciate Dreams :)))

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a fine tradition to feed the least creatures to remind ourselves of our proper place

18 Feb 2020 1:00am

@Harry: Yes Harry. One feels happy when one sees these tiny ants carrying these tiny rice powders to their homes in a line !!

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a gorgeous design. I love the meaning behind it that it is food for the smallest creatures.

18 Feb 2020 2:04am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you Elaine :)) I appreciate :)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this gorgeous kolam. Nicely presented Devi. Thank you. :)

18 Feb 2020 9:51am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam :))))

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