2 March 2010
"Kolam" refers to decorative artwork drawn on the floor in front of deities in puja rooms or in front of houses in South India. Most often finely ground rice flour is used to make these drawings on wet/moist ground previously sprinkled with water, It is a time old cultural tradition of south Indian families going back to many many generations. The drawing starting with a certain number pattern of points and curly lines going around these points. Many of these are completed with a single line going in an elegant but zig-zag away around the entire set of points. This film of a Kolam being made is interesting to see the speed and efficiency of its creation, the handmade irregularity and resulting 'wrongness' is one of their charms.
Posted by J P at 04:57