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What is Kolam: Kolams help women map business potential

In the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in South India for the last few years, Kolam / Kolamis have been playing a supporting tool for poor women running small enterprises.

  • The kolam is a geometric line made up of curved ends and drawn around a grid pattern of dots.
  • During the past years, maps of areas are being made with the help of Kolam showing the status of shops, tea stalls, water spots, temples and other places.
  • The Kolam-inspired maps are helping thousands of women start new businesses because based on information from these maps, women can be sure which venture can be started or where to set up shop.
  • These maps have so far benefitted more than 5,000 women in six districts of Tamil Nadu by providing a source of permanent income.
What is Kolam: Kolams help women map business potential

Kolam (Rangoli)

  • Rangoli is known as Kolam in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in South India.
  • Kolam is considered a symbol of bringing prosperity to homes. Every morning millions of women in Tamil Nadu make kolams on the ground with white rice flour.
  • Kolam (Rangoli) is made to decorate the floor of the house on auspicious occasions.
  • To make kolam, dried rice flour is placed between the thumb and index finger and dropped into a fixed shape. In this way beautiful specimen is formed on the earth.
  • Sometimes flowers are used in this decoration.
  • Flower Rangoli is called Pukolam.

This post was published on April 26, 2020 11:26 pm

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