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Kolams (3 photos)
by Ranjith Kumar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C:  W: 13 N: 359] (1426)

"Kolam" refers to the decorative artwork drawn in front of houses and in front of deities in puja rooms. Most often, finely ground rice powder is used to make these drawings on a moist ground previously sprinkled with water or in some cases a dilute solution of cowdung for its high purification value and also to give the Kolam a darker background. The kolam -an ancient Dravidian geometrical motif - combines form, movement and colour to announce each new day.