No Indian festival is complete without decorating the doorway with the festive colours of Rangoli. The original name of rangoli is Rangavali, which means - ranga means color' and avali means 'line' in Sanskrit. So it means 'colourful lines'. In different states of India, rangoli is called by different names. It is called Alpana in Bengali, Kolam in Tamil, Aripana in Bihar and Madana in Rajasthan. In Andhra pradesh, it is refereed to as moggu and chowka purana in Utter Pradesh.
Traditionally rangoli is drawn with white stone powder, Rice flour, chalk, charcol and coloured powders are also used. However, today there are many alternate and contemporary options to the traditional forms of rangoli.
Placing coloured flowers petals is a more popular alternate to traditional rangoli design. Here petals from flowers such as rose and marigold are used either - as simply an outline or as fillers with diyas on the outer edges. Fresh, fragrant and colourful flower rangolis are very in vogue this festive season and give an appealing look to your house.
Kundan rangoli uses colourful gemstones and rhine stones on a foam or plastic base to create stunning designs that can be easily reused or reassembled to create a new look. These are extremely popular in apartments where you have to worry about your rangoli being wiped off or swept away.
For the busy working public, rangoli mats are a totally hassle free time saving form of decorative floor arts. Each mat is handcrafted and encrusted with jewels and decorative stones to bring festive cheer to your home.
by Kapil Agarwal
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