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Stiker Kolam

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by , 2nd February 2008 at 07:57 PM (4010 Views)
Decoration was not the sole purpose of a Kolam. In olden days, kolams used to be drawn in coarse rice flour, so that the ants don't have to work so hard for a meal. The rice powder is said to invite birds and other small critters to eat it, thus inviting other beings into one's home and everyday life: a daily tribute to harmonious co-existence. It is a sign of invitation to welcome all into the home, not the least of whom is Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity.

For special occasions limestone and red brick powder (kavi) to contrast are also used. Though kolams are usually done with dry rice flour, for longevity, dilute rice paste or even paints are also used. Usually enamel paint, which stays on for years together. These kinds of kolams can be seen in many bungalows, in temples and kalyana mantaps.

<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p>Modern interpretations have accommodated chalk, and the latest "technology" in kolams are actually vinyl stickers (that defeat the original purpose).</o:p>

Sticker kolams have a vast fan following, particularly in urban areas. These are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and hues to suit everyone's needs. One just needs to remove the paper at the back of the sticker and paste it on to any clean floor.
Now they a re selling Rangoli kolam set. Inside they have double side stickers. One side you stick on the floor. and remove the paper on the kolam and take coloured rice or flour and sprinkle them on the side facing you. That is all. Your colour ful Rangoli is ready :)

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  1. sunkan's Avatar
    today, with many spondilities cases many woman are happy for these sticker kolams..sk
  2. krishnaamma's Avatar
    Yes Sunkan,You are correct :)
  3. Ria2006's Avatar
    Wow! Thats beautiful explanation of Kolam. As a North Indian, I was curious to know the reason behind it. Thanks for putting it together so nicely. i would love to learn to do it myself. As I think we can all learn something from all of us..
    Nice article.

    Ria
  4. krishnaamma's Avatar
    Dear ria,
    Yes you can learn with out any strain. I am having one web site for this and let me give you the address. go and put small small kolams first and try to put big some time later. All the best!
  5. vijikrishnan's Avatar
    Dear Krishnaamma,
    I love kolams. While i was working, During Inaguration of new colony we have built, my very big Rangoli at the enternce attract eveyone. I enjoy putting kolams.
    Viji
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