Rangolies of the oldest art forms in India. They are made not just to decorate houses but also have a special significance. The term Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rang’ which means color, and ‘avali’ which means row. So a Rangoli is basically a row of color, weaved into a pattern of sorts. It is believed that this old age custom beautifies the house and also prevents negative energy from harming us. It helps us think positively and contributes to making our life prosperous.
Rangolis are made using various types of colors. They are made usually at the entrance of the houses for signifying the invitation on special occasions. The beautifully painted Rangolis remind one of the royal Rajput houses where Rangolis were drawn all year round but the grandest and most beautiful ones were drawn only on Diwali. Even today people follow that custom as they decorate their houses with these Diwali Rangolis in order to appease Goddess Lakshmi and welcome her to their houses.
Diwali Rangoli Designs
Rangoli Patterns are usually designed to resemble Nature like Peacocks, flowers, swans, mangos and creepers.
Traditionally the colors were derived from natural sources like barks of trees, flowers and roots. I
However today they are synthetically manufactured. Besides that a host of other ingredients like rice, chili, turmeric, cereal and pulses to are used to further enhance the beauty of the Rangoli and to create a 3-D effect.
Rangolis have often been credited as one of the most beautiful art forms in the world. The sheer texture and structure of the paintings is unbelievable as is also the subtle color combinations. Women learn to make Rangolis from an early age and it is almost like a family heirloom passed through the ages.