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Creating Rangoli

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A visual arts unit for levels 1–2

by Helen Moore, Arts Coordinator, Visual Arts – Primary, Christchurch College of Education


Rangoli is a popular floor art form from India in which designs are created using variously coloured powders. Traditional patterns are often symmetrical and geometric, and usually created by Indian women on the ground in front of their houses for Hindu festivals.


  • Drawing


  • Chalk
  • Coloured powders

Suggested materials

  • Tempera powder
  • Dyed rice
  • Coloured rice powder
  • Coloured sand.


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