Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Alpona art to decorate the floors

Bengali traditional art - Alpona for floor design

Alpona is a a Bengali art form that originates from villages which is believed to bring good fortune to our homes .It can be seen in most of the Bengali homes during festivities, ceremonies and celebrations.

alpana design by indian woman

Alpana is a term that has been derived from the word in the Sanskrit language, alimpana, meaning ornamental plastering. 

alpona sample design


This art is basically a style of decorating and designing the floor with beautiful patterns. The medium used for these patterns is the staple food of Bengal that is rice paste. But nowadays some other mediums are common too like acrylic, paste of chalks and so on.
alpona art of bengal



an alpona design of bengali lakshmi pooja



white alpona design


Gradually it has become one of the most popular floor decoration method. It is also known as rangoli in some parts of India. 

alpona art for floor design


The designs are symbolic and common to the entire country and can include geometrical. The drawing is spontaneous and the art is passed on to the women folk from their elders.

designing of floor by alpona



bright alpona design for floor

So why don't we try it sometimes on some ceremony and festival. I am sure most of the Indian ladies are acquainted with rangoli or alpana. Lets try out some time and i m sure you are going to love it.

24 comments:

  1. lovely designs..iam not so good at drawing rangolis...i like it when festivals come.streets are full of these..

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  2. Thanks deepa..I was always fascinated by rangolis or alponas. My grandma was very good at it.

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  3. this is great, i was looking for some great alpona inspiration

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    1. thanks bonbonblaster! keep coming back

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  4. i love them during diwali and holi days... no other culture has anything quite creative at all as part of their festivisties

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  5. Wonderful
    Work
    good creations

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  6. Wonderful designs, It's really inspiring though not really good in drawing but I like to try this one. It's nice to design like this one on a commercial property.

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    1. Thanks Chloe..Even I am trying some new designs for Alpona..Keep coming back for new Indian art and Interiors posts

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  7. Hi..This is very cool website. I liked the designs. Keep posting good pictures.

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  8. Lovely.. Yes.. I've seen some of these.. they do a fantastic job.. very intricate!!

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  9. Yes, truly.. Even i am fascinated by alponas..Thanks Patricia

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  10. Hi, you have a very nice blog, I like these designs..like mehndi designs..keep sharing cool posts!
    Happy blogging :)

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    1. Thanks Creative mind..Will surely be updating my blog. Keep visiting for more fun

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  11. Loved the designs never attempeted such things but love to watch when desiging rememberd all my days in village :)

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    1. Hey kala, thanks dear..these alopnas do remind me of my home town as well

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  12. lovely...u have collected it nicely..:)

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    1. Thanks so much Aparna. Keep coming back.

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  13. Hi,
    I am an Architect doing a office project in Kolkata.
    Planning to use Albona art as design for a large architectural screen (5 floors high). Key idea is to use traditional art form in modern way.

    We are looking for suitable artist to work with us. How can you help us. Do contact me at dharmaraj.subramaniam@gmail.com

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