Rangoli is an art form native to India in which patterns are created on the floor using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals, traditionally done by women.
The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck. Design depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. This practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations and other similar milestones and gatherings.
Here are few Rangoli’s I made for Diwali few years back.
Diwali of 2008 in Mumbai
Soft intertwined freehand curves. The border is made by adding a thick border and creating these patterns by pushing some powder inwards.
Ganesh Chaturthi of 2010 in Atlanta.
Made from turmeric powder and rice flour.
Diwali of 2013 in Sunnyvale
The vibrant iridescence of peacock’s train feather is taken to another level in Indian mehendi and Rangolis. I mixed indigo, blue and green to create this pattern.
Diwali of 2014 in Foster City
Created a semi circle pattern due to lack of space.