rangoli borders

a random selection of rangoli borders from various locations in south India

16 thoughts on “rangoli borders

    • Rangoli is not exactly a “protection” but it is a welcoming of gods into the home, in particular, the goddess Lakshmi. One thing I love about it is that it’s not the finished product/drawing that is important – those are quite temporary, rarely lasting past the morning hours. It is the devotional activity, the proper attitude in making them that is of significance. It has a social significance as well – it’s an outward sign that this is a proper household where the gods are honored. I have two other pages of rangoli designs posted and I recently produced a book which can be found under “publication” (full preview possible)- better yet, I am building a site dedicated to this amazing art form – coming soon…
      Thanks for the comments and I look forward to connecting more in the future.

    • Thanks for the compliment and the follow! Yes, this is a very remarkable art form! In addition to the two pages on Formal Divisions, I recently started a blog dedicated to rangoli (with the uninspired but to the point title of Rangoli). There’s a link in the sidebar under blogroll. I also self published a book on rangoli which can be viewed full screen (no purchase necessary) and a link is to be found under “publications”. I just can’t get enough of it!

  1. This is a very nice collection of photographs. I saw designs around doorsteps during Pongal in Tamil Nadu in 2000. Are rangoli borders part of Pongal celebrations, or are they made year round?

    • Rangoli is done year round as a welcoming of the goddess Lakshmi (in particular) into the home and as an outward sign that this is a proper, well cared for home where the gods are honored. During festivals such as Pongal, the designs become very elaborate, colorful, and complex but this religious rite is performed on all auspicious days throughout the year. Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by – I’m just getting started here so, there’s lots more to come…

  2. Your collection of images of rangoli in its raw state, in the background of unfinished stone is like no other feeling for me. For lack of ability to express, I think it “grounds me”.

    These feel so much more inviting than the ones made commercially. I visit that link again and again and again. I cannot begin to imagine how rich this experience must have been to see them in real life. I treasure you photos of various fronds and stones and slate equally. I am very grateful to you for posting these pictures.

    • Thank you so kindly for your generous and flattering comments. From your specific comments, you seem “to really get it” and that makes my day! I am most grateful that you have found something in my work worth your time and effort.

  3. Interesting. Not heard of rangoli before. Love the intricate patterns. I like to draw Zentangles (some examples on my blog) which consist of repeated patterns, executed as a meditation.

    • Rangoli is an ancient tradition practiced in south India. It has several other names, the most common is kolum. It is a religious rite performed by women to welcome deities (primarily Lakshmi) into the household. It is the activity that is of importance, not the finished product so in a sense it is akin to a meditation.
      I have a site dedication to this amazing art form (dnikias.wordpress.com) which can be found in the side bar on the Formal Divisions site. There’s a short right up which gives a little more information.
      I also self published a book of photos (also in the side bar) which can be viewed full screen.
      Thanks for commenting and keep going with the mindfulness work! The world needs it!

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