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Madhubani Style Pot Painting

Madhubani Pot Painting

Madhubani Paintings, also known as Mithila paintings is one of the ancient forms of painting which originated in Mithila, in the state of Bihar. The paints were made using natural dyes/pigments and painted using twigs or fingers. In the ancient days, the mud walls of houses served as the canvas for this art while these days Madhubani paintings are done on canvas, handmade paper or cloth. As an admirer of this form of painting, and as a beginner, this is my first attempt at making a simple Madhubani design on a mud pot.

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Single piece Kundan Rangoli DIY

Kundan Rangoli

The traditional rangolis which have been used for years to adorn homes during festivals have in the recent past acquired a new form of kundan rangolis. Kundan rangolis or floating rangolis as they are sometimes referred to as are made using transparent plastic or cardboard sheets and kundan stones (rhinestones or plastic gems). The rangoli made in this project is a single piece rangoli which does not need to be assembled.

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Sangu Rangoli Designs – For an auspicious New Year

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A couple of rangoli designs which can be drawn for the New Year. Sangu or Shank in Sanskrit (conch shell) is considered to be a sacred object which is blown at the start of an auspicious occasion.  Conch shells bring out a sound which is considered Divine and hence these shells are preserved as spiritual aids which purify the house. These rangolis are very much suitable for Pongal and Sankanthi festivals too.

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