The images on display here, are a contemporary version of one of the most complex traditional art forms in the world – Sikku KOLAM
Sikku KOLAM - This particular Kolam art form, is practiced only by women, in the home state of ANEW, Tamil Nadu. Women draw
this art form using rice powder or paste, early in the morning,
at sunrise, on the damp sand at the threshold of their homes completely
absorbed in the task. Sometimes they draw the snaking lines around the dots continuously with confidence, without pausing or moving the hand away from the work until the art form is complete!
Sikku Kolam represents the complexity and fragility of life, with lines sometimes straight and sometimes wavy, intersecting, taking u turns and re-meeting the other lines again and again,just like our lives on earth cross each other many times at unknown
The ending of the Sikku kolam pattern is just as unpredictable as life itself, where even the designer herself is not consciously aware of the precise end point of the pattern. The pattern ends as the lines close on each other. Kolam is as fragile as our lives with even the most beautiful pattern being erased only to be redrawn each morning. It is a wonderful experience to watch a kolam being drawn, sometimes large enough for three or four women to work on one pattern and it is mesmerizing once completed.
The images here have been designed by the underprivileged women, training in computer skills at our center, using their creative skills. ANEW currently provides the option to view the image and place an order through email. In the future, we will provide an online payment option to make the process more convenient.
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