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Published: 05 September 2020

By Andy Ross

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In parts of Asia, women start the day by creating patterns on the ground. 

Kolam are made from rice flour, laid out in geometric patterns. Gradually over the day insects and birds eat the rice so this act becomes a form of generosity as well as an offering. It is an ancient form of creation and it is proving to be fascinating for its mathematical possibilities as well as for its artistic forms. 

Have a read of this article from Atlasobscura.com for a layman's view of the craft and, if you really want to see how complex this can get, try this link. If you want some inspiration to try a quilt or something along similar lines, how about these?

(Image used by permission. Hari147 / CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)