Thursday, October 9, 2008


Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India. It is a form of sandpainting 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 term rangoli is derived from words rang (colour) and aavalli ('coloured creepers' or 'row of colours'). The picture above is a Rangoli made at the entrances to one of the offices in Mumbai where the Puja of Goddess Durga was being held.
The motifs in traditional Rangoli are usually taken from Nature - peacocks, swans, mango, flowers, creepers, etc. The colours traditionally were derived from natural dyes - from barks of trees, leaves, indigo, etc. However, today, synthetic dyes are used in a range of bright colours. The materials used for Rangoli take on either a flat appearance, when a uniform monolayer of powders are sprinkled or a 3-D effect when different sized grains like cereals, pulses etc are used either in their natural colouring or tinted with natural dyes are used.

Info sourced from Wilipedia


  1. Happy Dushera!!!

    The rangoli has truly added to the festivities. I would be ending the day in the north Indian style, would put up the photo of Ravana being burned.

  2. c'est magnifique, cela doit demander un temps fou. Les couleurs sont superbes.

    is wonderful, it must apply for a crazy time. The colors are superb.

  3. How beautiful. Are they glued down, or do they blow away at the first wind?

  4. You always have the most interesting pictures with such detailed explanations. The colors for today are wonderful.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I checked the word online and find it has a beautiful name in Chinese "蓝果丽",hehe, interesting, Magiceye

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