Diwali Special Rangoli Materials & Ideas!

Rangoli play a vital role in Indian traditional or a folk art. It is usually created on the floor of entrances, courtyards, pooja or prayer rooms and living rooms on festive occasions. Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word called ‘Rangavalli’, which refers to the creative expression of art through the use of colour.

Diwali special Rangoli symbolises and marks the beginning of an auspicious occasion. It is generally considered as a good omen. Lately, it has been considered as ‘art of moment’. Rangolis can be done in any size, shapes and materials, from the size of a rug to the size of an entire room.

Diwali Rangoli -Room size

Have a glance on few Awesome Rangoli Designs:

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Have a glance on few Artistic Figure Rangoli Designs:

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Traditionally, finger rangoli were used only on the day of the festival or some auspicious occasion. But in the modern world, Indian art rangoli designs has found a place in opening ceremony, housewarming party, weddings and corporate functions.


The various names for this Indian art rangoli designs and forms are known in different names across India, like

  • Rangoli in Gujarat, Karnataka & Maharashtra
  • Kolam in TamilNadu
  • Mandana in Rajasthan
  • Chowkpurana in Chhattisgarh
  • Alpana in West Bengal
  • Jhoti & chita in Odisha
  • Aripana in Bihar
  • Chowkpujan in Uttar Pradesh
  • Muggu in Andhra Pradesh
  • Golam in Kerala &
  • Aipan in Uttarakhand & others!

Diwali special rangoli designs can be anything from a simple flower design, idol impressions to intricate geometric patterns. Finger rangoli designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and tradition alive.

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Have a glance on few Geometrical Rangoli Design & Ideas for your interest:

Geometrial Rangoli Designs

Diwali Rangolis generally represents a colourful painting or art. So, the topmost material required will be colours, then there are other Rangoli materials used to beautify the design. Here is the list of various rangoli materials used to make rangoli at your premises. So, let us know one by one.

Rangoli Material Lists for Festivals

01. Powder Colours Rangoli

Rangoli is commonly made by using powder colours. It is one of the most widely used rangoli material. Based on the design and artist, the simple and beautiful rangoli lend an authentic look to any house. You can choose from powdered coloured limestone or rice for an amazing look. Even with all these different forms of finger rangoli, symmetry is common in all designs. No matter what design you choose, Diwali is incomplete without rangoli. So, what are you waiting for? Let out your creative side! Create magical rangolis with your imagination and beautiful blend of colours.

If you are not good at design and finger rangoli, you can also create various designs using different stencils. You can easily find rangoli tools online, also they are easily available in your near stores as well!

Apart from lines, rangolis can also be created by drawing dots. Dots are used to form various geometrical rangoli design, idol figures and so on.

Kolam powder is widely used to do basic of any powdered rangoli. It is a kind of white powder available in India. It is made of special white rock. With the help of this white powder, a boundary or an outline is drawn in which colours are filled later on. White being used which symbolises peace, purity and serenity.

Kolam Powdered Rangoli

02. Rice Rangoli

Diwali special rangoli making is an art and Rice plays a significant role in that! The coloured rice is used to draw the simple and beautiful rangoli designs. However, rice is also grinded and made into a fine paste to create simple white rangolis, also known as Alpana in West Bengal.

Coloured Rice Rangoli

Colourful Rice Rangoli

Different types of pulses are also used. Pulses render a typical texture to Rangoli. Grains are also used for decorative purposes.

Grains & Pulses Rangoli

Grain & Pluses Rangoli

03. Flower Rangoli – Petals

It takes a lot of dedication to make rangoli using flowers and leaves. Flower rangoli is considered as an auspicious material for rangoli and one can easily create the simple circular or geometrical shaped flower rangoli designs. When making rangoli using flowers, you can experiment adorning it with coloured rice, diyas, oil lamp and more to give it a fuller look.

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Rangoli Designs
Rangoli Designs
Rangoli Designs

Flower rangoli is fragrant and colourful when used in rangoli design; it takes your creativity altogether to a new level. Flower petals of jasmine, rose, marigold, daisy & kanakambara (a type of small orange flower found extensively in South India) are used in making rangolis.  Methi leaves and strings of garlands are also used to make the outline of rangoli. Diwali special rangoli lamps are lighted to amplify its beauty.

04. Fabric Colours

If you are not that creative with powder colour or flower rangoli, you can create a special special Diwali rangoli by using poster or fabric colours. It can be used to create simple and beautiful rangoli pattern with a brush. However, you would need certain expertise to draw rangoli and fill colours with a brush. You can outline the rangoli with chalk powder or brush using white colour. Rangoli created with paint looks like a painting and is long-lasting. These don’t get wear out easily and if you want to clean the floor, you may need to wipe it with water for some days to wipe the traces away completely.

Fabric or poster colours

05. Coloured Stones

For large and abstract rangolis, coloured stones or pebbles are the option to go for. You can easily buy these decorative pebbles online.

Colourful pebbles or stone for rangoli

These can also act a Zen corner for your home. You can neatly arrange them in the desired manner and have a simple and beautiful rangoli pattern to display. By adding Glass tray with water for for floating decorative candle lights and flowers and fountain near the rangoli can give a classy touch!

Coloured Stones Rangoli

06. Artificial or Kundan Rangoli

Artificial rangoli designs are the colourful patterns made with different coloured materials. These materials includes the colourful beads (kundan) of readymade stickers. These kundan stickers are detachable and can be arranged in any patterns as per your choice.

They are readymade rangolis, you can find wide varieties of Kundan rangolis online. And yes, this are much trendy now a days!

07. Saw Dust & Marble Dust

It is heavy in nature and hence, spreads easily. Sawdust could float on water and hence; you can be creative with it. Use diyas, water fountains with your finger rangoli pattern and get a creative and eco-friendly look!

Saw Dust Rangoli

Hope these varied rangoli materials list will help you out in making your rangoli this Diwali. Do share your creative rangoli designs and ideas in our comment box. The best one can be added in our blog post.

And at the same time; you never know, your design can become a great help for others!

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