Monday, March 07, 2011

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2011 03 05 photo
One of the first things I noticed about people's houses here were the intricate chalk-like drawings on their driveways.

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This traditional folk art is called rangoli.


The women wet the driveway in the morning to clean off yesterday's drawing.


And use a loose flour to create the new one.

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They can be quite elaborate and beautiful, especially during a religious holiday, as they are meant as a sacred welcoming area for the deities.

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I simply love that I can see new art everyday!

12 comments:

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

That's beautiful and whimsical - spreading a little art and color every day!

Cosmic said...

bella! bella! bella!

Cosmic said...

reminiscent of te mandelas!

Megan Mae said...

Ohmygoodness. These are just gorgeous.

curls-and-pearls said...

Wow, so beautiful! It's so cool how much meaning and tradition behind it too!

laura said...

oh wow. i can't believe they do that with just flour! amazing :)

Rebecca said...

Those are beautiful.

tingaling said...

That is really cool! You should take lots of pics of different driveway art and make it into some sort of collage or book!

Between Laundry Days said...

I love that idea, and the designs are just beautiful. :)

LyddieGal said...

wow, they do that with loose flour?
i don't even think i could manage something that beautiful with a piece of chalk!

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Angeline said...

Beautiful!

Melissa said...

How interesting! I love this. Wish I could draw like that!

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