Monday, 6 July 2015

Tradition Meets Creativity!

I enjoy tweaking the tradition kolam with dots a little…
And give it a fresh feel by adding a dash of imagination and creativity…

I hope you like this one!!!

PS: Because many people asked me what a Kolam is…
Kolam refers to intricate patterns drawn both free handedly and by joining dots. These can be widely seen in the Southern part of India. Women draw this early morning, preferably before Sunrise after cleaning the courtyard. Earlier rice powder was used – it was a means to feed ants and small insects. However, these days, stone powder and even chalk is used. If such powders are used, it is called Pudi Kolam. Sometimes, brick powder will be used as outline on auspicious days, Tuesdays and Fridays. If rice powder is mixed in water and similar patterns are drawn, it is called Maavu/Maa Kolam. In West Bengal, it is called Alpona. In North India, people used rice/stone powders for the outline and fill the patterns with colors. This is called Rangoli.

It is believed that Kolam brings prosperity. It is drawn for almost all the auspicious occasions like marriages and festivals. When someone dies in the household, the family don’t draw any kolam for a year.  

Children in small towns learn the art of making kolam at a very young age. In fact, a girl who knows to draw impeccable and intricate kolam is a pride for the entire family and the village she stays. However, owing to modernization, city life and apartment culture, this art is soon dying.


  1. The four snails in the four outer sides look very good.

    Destination Infinity

  2. Super and I liked the corners that Chuzhi design
    Missing thittani and kolams

  3. Your kolams are very beautiful! I draw many kolams but decorating them with extra designs is not my forte. My sister in law does like you have done here. Beautiful!