Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India. It is a form of decoration that uses finely ground white powder and colours, and is used commonly outside homes in India. Rangoli can be wall art as well as floor art.
The origin of rangoli painting is traced to a legend recorded in the Chitralakshana, the earliest Indian treatise on painting. When the son of a King’s high priest died, Brahma, Lord of the universe, asked the king to paint the likeness of the boy so that Brahma could breathe life into him again. This is how, it is believed, and the first painting was made.
I personally have fond memories of rangoli. When I was a child, I would sit for hours trying to craft the perfect rangoli. My mom had gifted me all the sketching tools to draw a rangoli. Once, there was a rangoli competition in my school and I stood first in it.
Rangoli also has a religious significance, enhancing the beauty of the surroundings and spreading joy and happiness all around. In Indian cultures, all guests and visitors occupy a very special place, and a rangoli is an expression of this warm hospitality. Rangoli is used in many different occasions and festivals. We mostly see rangoli being widely used during the festival of Diwali or if there is a wedding in our family.
Rangoli’s can be made using colours as well as flower petals. These type of rangoli’s are called floral rangoli’s. The base material is usually dry or wet powdered rice or dry flour, to which sindoor (vermilion), haldi (turmeric) and other natural colors can be added. Chemical colours are a modern variation. Other materials include colored sand and red brick powder.
There can be various types of rangoli designs like geometrical patterns, with lines, dots, squares, circles, triangles; the swastika, lotus, trident, fish, conch shell, footprints (supposed to be of goddess Lakshmi), creepers, leaves, trees, flowers, animals and anthropomorphic figures.
Rangoli’s can be drawn anywhere. If you have a big courtyard, you can craft an amazingly beautiful and big rangoli in it. If in case you live in a building with a small hallway, you can craft a small rangoli just outside your doorsteps.
Ethnico is India’s largest platform for discovering ethnic Indian designs and artists. You can find various kinds of Rangoli Designs on the website of Ethnico that will help you to decorate your house beautifully.
You can find geometrical patterns here like these:
Or beautiful symbols like these:
Or craft nature’s beauty with these designs:
Or Devotional figures like these:
Or floral rangoli Designs like these
Or just simple designs
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