Rangoli is an age-old tradition that is spread throughout India. Each individual region will have it’s own ideas as to the history, use and indeed style of Rangoli art.
Rangoli is essentially a form of floor art, which is used to adorn the entrances to homes of people in India. It is mostly used at times of celebration to welcome guests and good spirits, while fending off any bad spirits. Most of the time we will see Rangoli patterns around the time of ‘the festival of light’ – Diwali.
Traditionally Rangoli was a very simple form of decoration and it’s purpose was more spiritual then decorative. The designs were usually inspired by nature and would consist of representations of peacocks, swans and flowers – using simple things like tree bark, leaves, herbs and spices for colour.
Punjabi Rangoli focuses more on the geometric style of Rangoli. Using coloured power to create geometric patterns with lines, dots, squares, circles and triangles. Apart from Diwali the next most common use for Rangoli is during wedding festivities.
This traditional form of floor art has gone from being very basic patterns that would typically be 2 foot square to elaborate creations that may span the entire entrance to homes, hotels and other businesses.