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Kolam - South Indian Floor Drawing - 3

Updated on November 1, 2007

In some of my earlier hubs, I introduced some traditional floor drawings known as kolams. Those kolams were drawn based on dots in specific grid patterns as guides. Kolams can also be drawn guided by rectangular arrays of crosses. These patterns are based on simple modular patterns and are drawn with four crosses. By repeating the module, the kolam can be expanded indefinitely.

Method of drawing the simple module of a Kolam.
Method of drawing the simple module of a Kolam.

Extending the Kolam Pattern

The Kolam pattern shown below was drawn on a 6 X 6 array of crosses. The module has been repeated 9 times. However there is no limit for the growth of this pattern. This Kolam is named as "Thirukkulam", which means "Holy pond" in Tamil language.

Kolam Pattern known as "Thirukkulam".
Kolam Pattern known as "Thirukkulam".

Another Pattern

Method of drawing another simple module is shown below. Unlike the first on this pattern uses curved lines to connect the crosses.

Drawing another module.
Drawing another module.
Pattern can be extended indefinitely
Pattern can be extended indefinitely


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      stessily 6 years ago

      Rmnathan, This is an intricate art form. Kolams are beautiful to behold, whether completely in white or in a variety of colors.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Thanks for the share. Most south indian hindu women are experts in this. Especially during festivals we get to see huge kolams drawn in front of the houses.

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      chantal Jumel 8 years ago

      Fabulous art, i am a great fan of kolam, Have a look please on my web-site


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      Madurai 8 years ago from Online

      for drawing this Kolam, you need any scale?

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      Surika 8 years ago

      these are beautiful!

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      Prathiksha 9 years ago

      Iam beginner and i was searching for kolams that will tickle my interst and so on . As per my expectations , this thing worked out well and each and every thing was really superb and it was easy to go with.Thank so much for the efforts.Keep rocking.

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      mims 9 years ago

      I was looking for a kolam pattern for this Diwali; one that's not too geometric and not too complicated. Your second pattern fits the bill. The step-by-step instructions are very helpful as I'm not very agile mentally! Hopefully I can reproduce it... (By the way, I'm Chinese and living in Malaysia.) Oh, I also love the Idaya Kamalam pattern on p76. Just spent the morning doodling away! Keep up the great work helping mentally 'inaglie' people like me!

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      Haruna 9 years ago

      Very beautiful design and also cutural

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      Hi, I do kolams. But the traditional ones on the floor.the kolams done by you on these pages are great.I always thought that the pattern you called Thirukulam resembled the temple tanks,It is also called Padi[steps] Kolam.I like to know how you generate thes designs in the Computer.

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      sukritha 10 years ago from Cochin

      As a native of kerala I can Understand this well. Thubs up

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      Dave McClure 10 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      These are great. I've seen the design style in my travels, but hadn't appreciated how they were constructed. Thanks!

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      Rudra 10 years ago

      Such beautiful designs. Thanks

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      In South India, Mark. Hindu women traditionally draw these in front of their houses every morning. On special occassions, more elaborate and colourful ones are drawn. Traditionally, the kolams are drawn by spilling the powder on the wet ground in line and curves.

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      Mark Knowles 10 years ago

      Wow, these are incredible. Where would one find these drawn?

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      This is very nostalgic to me, being from South India.