Rangoli and Kolam

Rangoli is the popular floor art of India. It is an auspicious art of decorating courtyards and prayer halls in India drawn mainly by women and girls. Some women use rice flour to draw a rangoli which is the traditional medium to be used while others use sandstone or limestone powder. The designs are then colored with various colored powdered dyes. Although this floor-art is known as Rangoli commonly in many parts of India, it is known as Kolam in Tamil Nadu, Muggulu in Andhra pradesh, Rangavalli in Karnataka, Poovidal or Pookalam in Kerala, Chowkpurana in Uttar Pradesh, Madana in Rajasthan, Aripana in Bihar and Alpana in Bengal.

The colorful kolam tradition dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (2500 B.C). Kolams were often drawn with coarse rice flour since it served as a food source to nature's creatures like ants and crows. Rice flour is seen as an offering to Lakshmi, the goddess of rice and wealth. The goddess has the power to attract prosperity and to prevent poverty from entering the home. In this category you'll find all kinds of small and big kolam designs which are further categorized for various occasions.
Skill level

Beginner

Beginner level kolams

Intermediate

Intermediate level kolams

Advanced

Advanced level kolams
 
Occasions

New year

New year kolams

Margazhi season

Margazhi kolams

Wedding

Wedding kolams
Valentine Valentines Day kolams Housewarming Housewarming kolams Auspicious days
Type

Padi Kolams

Padi kolams

Sikku Kolams

Sikku or Neli kolams

Apartment Kolams

Apartment or Studio kolams

Rangoli

rangoli

Rangoli on/under water

rangoli on water

Inspiration rangolis

inspiration rangolis

Navagraha Kolams

Navagraha Kolams

Pookalam

Pookalam

Alpana

Alpana
 
Festivals

Pongal

Pongal kolams

Krishna janmashtami

Krishna jayanthi (krishnashtami) kolams

Ganesh chaturthi

Ganesh chathurthi kolams
Onam Pookalam for Onam Dussera Navrathri Dusshera Diwali Diwali kolams
Karthigai karthigai kolams Christmas Christmas kolams    
ikolam events...

Cherry Blossom Festival 2009, Cupertino, CA

iKolam Chennai
meet

Diwali Rangoli contest 2008

Diwali rangoli contest 2008

Diwali Rangoli contest 2007

Diwali rangoli contest 2007

Margazhi dew drops contest results 2008-2009

Diwali rangoli 2009 contest results

Diwali rangoli 2009 contest results

Diwali rangoli 2009 contest results
 
Miscellaneous

Golu

golu

Video

video

Tessalations

Tessalations
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