Irrespective of its name this art form is practised by the whole of India- rich and poor alike.
This is an art form for all festivals and celebrations. The Rangoli design is created every day, hence you get a new rangoli with a new dawn. The method may be dry or wet and colours may range from rice or wheat powder, turmeric powder, roli( red powder used for the forehead) to synthetic powder colours available in the stores. The material used today varies from coloured sand, lentils, sawdust to flowers and enamel paint. The designs used are traditional and in tune with the occasion for which they are drawn.
The idea of making a rangoli is to ward off evil and welcome everybody to the house. On Diwali, we believe that if your house is clean and well lit then Goddess Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth will visit. Thus the rangoli drawn has to be connected and closed so that no evil can enter the design.
The patterns are generally circular or in a square. They can also form a border along the wall. The size of the rangoli depends on the space available. It is drawn from the centre moving outwards. Generally, women making a rangoli are a treat to watch. Using dry powder with their 4 fingers creating ridges, adds dimension to the design. Earlier the pattern was made on mud floors coated with a layer of cow dung, husk and mud. Today you can buy stencils to create the designs on the floor
I also took photos of the steps while making the rangoli so it is easy to follow.
The Rangoli is being made in the drive at the entrance and you can see the shadow of some vines stems.
Step 1. Place a quarter plate and trace the circle with chalk
Step 2. Place a bigger plate for a larger circle over it.
Step3. Place a small bowl in the centre for a centre circle.
Step 4. Develop the design as you like
Step 5. Let the design grow outwards.
Step 6. Start putting flower petals in the design
Step 7. This rangoli has powder colours and flower petals of Rose, chrysanthemums and marigold. Leaves or Grass can be used for Green colour
Try it out and enjoy! Do post your work to let others appreciate it.
Add some diyas around the Rangoli to enhance its look.