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Friday, 25 October 2019

Art of Rangoli


Art of Rangoli

The art of Rangoli is an inherent part of Indian culture. While wall paintings and decorations are common amongst certain African and South American natives, decorating the floor with patterns is a cultural practice that is followed almost exclusively in India.


What is Rangoli?


Rangoli is essentially a form of folk art in which women make decorative designs on the floors of rooms or courtyards in Hindu households during festivals, marriage celebrations, and other special occasions. The motivation behind the Rangoli is to represent deities and to purify a particular area of the house to make it sacred in welcoming the gods. Doing this is supposed to bring good luck, well-being, and prosperity into the household.

Art of Rangoli

History of Rangoli


This attractive art can be followed back to the legendary ancient Sanskrit epic called Ramayana, where Sita's matrimonial pavilion was decorated with a Rangoli. There is an old symbolism that has been passed through the generations, which is depicted through this traditional art.

Shapes, Patterns & Colors


There are modern and traditional Rangoli designs. They can come from nature or abstract art. The old symbols and motifs have been passed down from one generation to the next, by making sure that the designs and the tradition doesn't disappear from Indian culture.

Colored sand or powder, flower petals and dyed rice are the most common materials used for making Rangoli designs. These models or patterns and the way of executing them may vary from place to place as they reflect traditions, folklore, and practices that are unique to each area. Rangoli designs come in images of deities that are in the geometric shapes or shaped like flowers appropriate for the given celebrations, but they can also be very intricate designs that require more than two or three people to make.

The materials used for Rangoli are mainly rice and flower. Natural colors like turmeric, vermilion and others are added to make different colors to prepare the designs more colorful and attractive.

Art of Rangoli

Iconic Rangoli


Rangoli created with Hindu icons, such as the swastika, lotus flower, or Lakshmi charan (feet of the goddess Lakshmi), are considered indicators of prosperity and well-being. In Gujarati marriages, it is mandatory to have variations of the Lotus theme in the Rangoli when the newly-married bride is entering her home for the first time. The logic behind this belief that the bride is a form of Lakshmi and will bring prosperity to the household and the lotus is Lakshmi's favorite flower.

Rangoli Throughout India


In many homes, particularly in the Southern part of India, people craft Rangoli daily, and not just as part of marriage ceremonies. The art has become an inseparable part of festivities and celebrations. Rangoli is essentially a symbol of the human spirit and a manifestation of how joy and happiness are expressed with gratitude.

The art of Rangoli is called by different names in different provinces of India.

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