The Hush Post| 07:42 am| 2-min-read
Rangoli carries the essence of Indian tradition and culture which hasn’t become a thing of the past yet but has evolved over the years. In earlier days, a rangoli or alpana at the entrance of the house was an everyday affair. Now its use has shrunk to welcoming guests, festivals, marriages and social functions.
Rangoli is prevalent across India, with regional differences, like being rectangular in the North while south Indians prefer circular designs. In the hills, there is a slight variation, with the place first being made pure with cow’s dung and then making beautiful designs with ‘chunna’ and ‘harmunji’.
As the festive season nears, get prepared to make your own rangoli. Don’t worry if you are a novice, get started with the available material at home. Rangoli sawdust powders in different colours will have to be purchased from the market. Though ready-to -use cardboard designs are also available, invoke your creative genius.
Use bits of different materials like rice flour, white chalk, coloured chalk powder, atta, sooji, haldi, sindoor, flowers, leaves, water colours, fabric paints, and ofcourse the readymade rangoli sawdust powders always come in handy.
Make the rangolis at clear, clean and open spaces, may be on the sides. Clean the space to give it the right aura.
Go in for geometric shapes. You can practice and make the shape on paper first, if you are a beginner.
Easy ways of making rangoli
- You can take a regular black chart paper. Mark the design with chalk. Place it where you want the rangoli to be. Fill the colours, and you’re done.
- Dots method. Make a grid with dots as shown below. Join them to make geometrical designs, you can’t make a circle though. Fill in bright colours with a nice colour scheme or fill two different colours in alternate boxes.
- Wet rangolis are an option, to be made with water colours and fabric paints. Better still, you can make the outlines with wet colour and fill in with dry sawdust powder.
How to fill colour easily
Use a cone: Make a paper cone as you make for mehndi. Fill in the colour, make an oblique small cut at the tip and start filling the colours. The cut should be small, otherwise it will drain out all the dry colour in one go.
Just as we pick a pinch of salt from a container, pick up colour between the thumb and the adjacent finger and keep dropping it. Coarse powders are easier handled this way, very fine powders like haldi, vermillion are difficult to manage using this technique.
Rangoli making tips
Use a white chalk to draw outline. But its disadvantage is it doesn’t mark on shiny surfaces or tiled floors. It needs rough surface. A white fabric paint is a better option then.
The borders or outlines should be thick and preferably white, can use chalk powder, coarse rice flour, atta.
Use a variety of colours, if you can contrast them well, it’ll add to the beauty of your design.
Fill rangoli from inside to outside. Start from the centre.
Accessorise your rangoli with flowers, leaves, flower pots or anything you see around your house that can augment the rangoli.