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Pongal Kolam designs

Pongal kolam design

It is that time of the year when you have festivals and celebrations one after the other. So we just finished celebrating Christmas and New Year and, for the Indians, next is the harvest festival – Pongal or Sankranthi as it is called in different parts of the country. A tradition during Pongal is to draw huge kolams or rangolis in the houses as a symbol of the happiness and mood that the festive season brings. 

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SILK – The Queen of textiles

Silk textiles are very popular and considered one of the richest fabrics. Silk fabric traces back its roots to the land of China where the emperors and empresses adorned themselves with this fabric which made it more of a luxury fabric. The cost of producing, dyeing and weaving the fabric makes silk textiles quite expensive.

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Kolams – Rice flour patterns

Kolams are drawings/patterns made on the floor. Kolams are considered auspicious, a symbol of prosperity and are drawn near the entrance of houses in India. This tradition is followed over the ages. Kolams are drawn with rice flour mixed with a powder called Kolam powder to make it convenient for drawing the kolams.

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Navrathri Clay Dolls – Golu

Navrathri is one of the popular festivals of South India. During Navrathri, golu is displayed in houses. Golu is an exhibition of dolls – primarily of Gods and Goddesses arranged in ‘steps’ setup. Generally, these dolls are setup to depict mythology. Each day of golu has a significance, and is associated to a goddess. The three primary

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Pookalam (Floral Rangolis)


Pookalams are floral designs born in God’s Own Country – Kerala, India. These floral designs are used to adorn houses in Kerala during the festive season of Onam. Flowers of various colors are carefully picked and are arranged to result in a beautiful rangoli filled with flowers.

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Ezhai Kolam

There are several traditions followed by Indians over the ages – one of these traditions is the practice of drawing a kolam on the ground, near the entrance of one’s home. A kolam is like a painting which is drawn on the floor using rice flour. Kolams were originally drawn not only for adornment, but also because

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