Saturday, 6 December 2008

A couple of pages from my India sketchbook...
I was learning to make rangoli designs.
In Southern India, the ladies of the house are up at sunrise and washing down their doorsteps (or patches of mud) and with a handful of flour and a deft flick of the wrists they draw these beautiful designs. The reason for using flour is so that the ants will stay outside eating that rather than entering the home. The design is also a blessing of the house. Each design is different and drawn in one sweeping movement. 
A lifetime of learning at mama's knee.

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