What an amazing display I saw yesterday of kolams, a traditional form of women’s home art freshly applied every day to house entrances for spiritual and artistic reasons. This was an urban competition and the variety was amazing!
- It traces its origin to over 5000 years ago to the .
- Rice and natural dyes used to make Kolam patterns are meant to feed the birds and insects.
- It is believed that Kolam designs in front of the house are meant to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into the house.
- In villages, the ground on which Kolam art is made is first prepared by sprinkling water mixed with cow dung. This practice is meant to sanitise the area and also provide a darker background for the Kolam designs to stand out.
- In Tamil Nadu, you will find women creating Kolam designs outside temples. This is done as a mark of offering to the God.