Kolams

 

The kolam signifies a class of line drawings originating in southern India.  Traveling through Goa and Kerala I observed examples of kolam, and recorded them without knowing much of their history.  

Later I would learn drawing the kolam is practiced exclusively by women.  The kolam is a continuous line, or an interlocking series of lines, wound about a dot matrix.  Lines can be doubled or trebled, and floral motifs are frequent. The kolam should be drawn on a public ground; such as a packed dirt roadbed or the threshold of a home or store.

These drawings above are paint marker on flexible epdm membrane. They depart significantly from the kolam of Goa and Kerala. Further examples in steel are forthcoming.