Artist: Saima Zaidi
Material: Dye, rice
Rangoli is the tradition of using vegetable dye or colouring and edible material such as flour, rice or grains to create ceremonial or festive floor patterns in the Subcontinent. This art is usually created by women and is made in courtyards or at entrances of a house. It emerged in pre-Aryan times as a way to feed insects in an act of charity based on the belief that one should be of service to humans and animals alike. Symmetry is important while creating the motif in order to keep a balance between consciousness and energy, the masculine and feminine. The act of creating rangoli involves kneeling and it was thus believed to induce humility.