Rangoli are patterned art laid on the doorstep, floor, or courtyard during Indian festivals, like Diwali. They go by a host of names in different regions, like Kolam in southern India.
They are made from colored cornstarch (Gulam, the same powder used during Holi), colored rice, or even flowers. You can make your own Gulam:
Here’s a slightly different recipe, but I bet they both work fine. Haven’t tried either yet…but I will.
Rangoli is considered a welcome mat for the gods. Most rangoli is created on a grid (or not, you know how these things are), square in the North, hexagonal in the South.
Kundan rangoli is pre-made, often in kits, of beads and resin forms. I like it because it’s sparkly.
It’s no surprise that there are Rangoli competitions. The art form is extremely popular all over India. Materials are inexpensive, so there is no class barrier to expressing yourself through Rangoli.
It is a wonderful thing to see made. Here are a couple vids.
The first part of this one got a ‘whoa’ out of me:
Rangoli is an extremely complex art form, with many themes, meanings, and variations. Here is a little more info, but Google is rich with many sources.