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Posted on 2009-10-09

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Traditional art of applying colored rice flour or white stone powder in geometrical or floral design patterns to decorate for Diwali

Materials & Tools

Finely ground rice flour or ground white stone powder in different colors

Some cereals, pulses etc.: optional

Directions

The surface to be decorated is first cleaned thoroughly. It should be absolutely dry before applying the colored powder. The pattern can either be rough sketched with chalk or can be done freehand.

Either rice flour or stone powder is taken in a pinch and applied with the thumb and forefinger within the outlines or done freehand. Various colors are filled in according to the design.

To make the design three-dimensional, cereals or pulses can be used for shading.

Note: Rice powder mixed with a little bit of stone powder gives a better texture. Design patterns for "rangoli" can be downloaded from the net.

Author Comments

"Rangoli" is the traditional art of applying colored rice flour or lime or white stone powder in geometrical or floral design patterns to decorate the doorways, courtyards, walls and places of worship in the Indian houses during Diwali. The paisley or peacock motifs are extremely popular in "rangoli" designs. "Rangoli" is considered a symbol of auspiciousness as it is believed to be welcoming the Indian Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi who enters the house during Diwali bringing prosperity throughout the coming year. Since rangoli is created by sprinkling powder by hand, finer details may be difficult to achieve and therefore, the images are always fairly large.

 

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