A charming folk art tradition in India involves creating geometrical designs on the floor of living rooms, courtyards, or out in the streets. Called Rangoli, these creations are typically made during Indian festivals for decorative purposes and to bring good luck. And the materials to make them are sourced directly from nature. It may be hard to believe, but these extraordinary designs are comprised of a dazzling combination of naturally-colored rice, flour and sand, as well as flowers and other ephemeral materials.
The Rangoli motives fill the streets of India during the Diwali, Onam and Pongal festivals but also during weddings and special gatherings. A millenary practice, the Rangolis are traditionally made by women, who pass on their knowledge from generation to generation. Sacred and ancient, the different designs reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area.
The base material is made from dry granulated rice or flour naturally dyed using indoor (vermilion) and haldi (turmeric), among other ingredients. But sand, petals and flowers are also included with awe-inspiring results. These stunning, detailed and heavenly designs are definitely a must-see for anyone visiting India.
Via My Modern Met
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