KOLAM

Kolam art, that combines mathematical algorithms, art and history, is the pride of the Deccan. Found across the colourful states of South India, like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, Kolam bears the legacy of India’s opulent cultural heritage. It is known by several names—Raangolee in Maharashtra, Aripan in Mithila, Muggulu in Andhra Pradesh—and is a daily custom practiced by the women of most traditional households.

The patterns of Kolam are made from rice flour, chalk, chalk or rock powder and synthetic colours and are considered signs of prosperity and wealth and warding off evil spirits. However, the most eye-catching features of Kolam are the geometric designs drawn upon a matrix of dots and free or closed shapes. Such patterns include the Neli which is a stroke from a snaky line, the Sikku or the knot structure, the Kodu which includes strokes connected between dots and housing flora and fauna designs, the dot (Pulli) grids, the dots in a radial arrangement called the Lotus and many more. Each pattern has an inner meaning and immense traditional significance to the households that practice Kolam.

Voylla, inspired by the beauty of Kolam, has come out with her customized range of Kolam-inspired jewellery which includes earrings, rings and necklaces, that pay tribute to the singular geometric patterns of Kolam in a variety of colours from pink to turquoise and are often graded in multiple shades. The jewellery is often mounted as separate pieces, embellished with silver strings and balls that are pieced together to form one geometric pattern that boast of a variety of colours for the customers to choose from.

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