rangoli

In India, this floor art is temporary art – often people create and redo designs as a daily routine. Certain intricate designs are created on special occasions such as weddings and religious festivals. The designs vary from region to region in India, and are called by different names: Alpana in Bengal, Kolam in South India, Rangoli in Maharastra, Sathia in Gujarat, and Mandana in Rajasthan. The material that is used to create the pattern depends on the local availibility of materials, purpose, and the artist. Creating the design is a form of meditation or worship - it is done only after cleaning oneself and the space in which the art is to be done. Every piece is different. Artist use various symbols to convey stories.

1 folk art mandala

1 folk art mandala

2 folk art mandala

2 folk art mandala

3 folk art rangoli design

3 folk art rangoli design

4 folk art peacock

4 folk art peacock

5 folk art lotus mandala

5 folk art lotus mandala

6 folk_art mandala

6 folk_art mandala

7 folk art mandala flower petals

7 folk art mandala flower petals

8 rangoli design

8 rangoli design

9 folk art mandana

9 folk art mandana

10 folk art kolam

10 folk art kolam

11 folk art phad painting

11 folk art phad painting

 

Rangoli is a secular, visual art created with the goal of decoration. The word Rangoli is a Sanskrit word which means a creative expression of art with colors. From ancient times, the art of rangoli is practiced by ladies in India for decorating the entrances of homes and courtyards.  It was the belief that Rangoli would bring luck to the home and keep the evil eye away.         

Rangoli enhances the beauty of the home and can be enjoyed without conflicting with religion. It is an art that is changing everyday to the whims of the creator.

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