Athapookalam or just Pookkalam is a flower carpet which is laid particularly at the entrances of houses and temple premises like a flower mat in the harvest festival of Onam Season. Athapookalam Designs 2017 is made out of gathered blossoms with several varieties of flowers of different colors, and sizes which are then pinched or cut into small pieces which are then laid on design patterns on floors.
Simple Athapookalam Designs 2017
Athapookalam Or Onam Pookalam is typically made by girls and women by laying out a Pookalam design on the floor. Which is then filled with flowers of complementing colors. Pookalams are laid out on every single day of the ten-day festival and as the days pass, they get bigger and better. Flowers used for making these intricate carpets are called ‘Atthapoov’. ‘Poov’ stands for flower. And ‘Kalam’ stands for design and the ‘Pookalam’ is intricately tied to the grand festivities. A traditional design of Athapookalam consists of curved and symmetrical lines joined together inside a circle. The circle is the most common design for an Onapookkalam.
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How to make Athapookalam Designs 2017
First, settle in on a design and buy the flowers accordingly. Either the whole flowers or only the petals can be used to make Athapookalam Or Onam Pookkalam.
Step 1: Separate the petals of all the flowers cleanly by using either hand or scissors and sort and store them in separate bins or trays making sure not to mix it with other colors.
Step 2: Draw the outline design on the floor using chalk and mark out which colors go where. Then start arranging the petals in its assigned space constantly referring to the design. Start from the center for a more clean look. The size and embossment of the Pookkalam can be reduced or increased with the availability of flowers.
Step 3: To finish off the process, you can place a Hindu lamp or a bloomed lotus at the very center of the Pookkalam.
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