I thought this would be the best time to share beautiful kolam designs, folk art form with you all. As Diwali is right on its way, let’s get done with the preparations to welcome the most wonderful occasion of the year.
Traditional Kolam Designs and Images – An Indian Folk Art Form
Have you ever heard about the term Kolam? South Indians must be knowing this term very well, I got to know about it while I was looking out for beautiful rangoli designs.
For South Indians, it’s a form of rangoli designs made with dots and loops, the material used is mostly rice flour or a paste ( rice flour mixed with water), is what is referred to as kolam designs.
Ah…using rice flour doesn’t mean that kolam designs are only white in color. In-fact you can add all beautiful colors as we do in the case of making a rangoli designs for our home.
With all due respect to their traditions and culture I want to say that, I was literally confused when I found all new different types and forms of kolam designs, of what we call as rangoli. When I saw the designs and images of kolam I was so astonished.
Check out all the beautiful kolam images and designs with a traditional touch of using rice flour and flowers to make pookalams. Unlike rangoli, patterns are even made on daily basis. God! I can never afford to do that! Hats off to the ladies of Tamil Nadu.
# 1. Kolam Rangoli Designs and Pattrens
Still I managed to learn names of some of the kolam patterns and will tell you its meaning as we come across several designs I have collected for you all.
# 2. Pulli Kolam Design
Pulli/ Neli Kolam: Ah…actually that’s related to an endless cycle running around dots, not the real bi-cycle please.
Image via bharatmoms.com
# 3. Pookalm Kolam for Pongal
Here is an image of pookalam kolam designs made with all beautiful flowers.
# 4. Ezhai Kolam Designs
And here comes an image of a complicated kolam design. Its called ezhai, I really want to try it.
# 5 . Diwali Rangoli Kolam
A regular rangoli design made with coarse flour of rice on the occasion of Diwali.
# 6. A South Indian Women Making Rangoli
Whoa! Look at this, beautiful kolam designs made by a South Indian women in front of her house, she is seriously involved in making it.
# 7. Athapookalam Rangoli Images for Onam
Athapookalam or pookalam, these designs are drawn using flowers during the festival of Onam.
# 8. Ladies Making Kolam Rangoli in Front Of their House
Can you make out if it’s day or night scene? Actually, according to their culture and traditions for South Indian ladies, making kolam designs is the first thing they need do in the morning.
# 9. Rangoli Kolam Large-sized Image
Had enough of kolam designs and images, now it’s time to learn the basics of this pretty art form of India. Here is a simple video illustrating: How to make a Pulli Kolam Designs.
I am pretty sure, now you know what kolam is all about and why do South Indians use rice flour to make it. Yeah, for feeding birds and insects, and get their blessings. Got the steps? So, what are you waiting for?
I have shared so many designs with you all. Pick up the one you like the most and get started making kolam designs.
# 10. Simple Kolam Designs
Image via indian-heritage
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