Though primarily practised by Hindus, threshold Kolam (ritualistic threshold drawings and designs) is a unique traditional art form that unites people of all religions. The deceptively simple domestic art of Kolam is as intricate and conceptual as the jacquard weave or the Islamic tile design. Comparisons are also drawn with Roman floor mosaics and Celtic interlaces.
“According to folklore, Kolam drawn in Shiva temples on Amavasya (new moon night) invites the deity to dance on the Kolam and bless the woman who has drawn the Kolam, with a son. Kolam is believed to be a labyrinth to ensnare harmful spirits and prevent them from causing harm. ”
‘Form drawing’ method is a creative method for educating children from knot patterns of Kolam. It is a unique way of learning how all things in the world are made up of straight or curved lines or combination of the two. Haptic (tactile feedback) Kolam has been used in a project for the visually impaired in Japan.
Log on to http://www.cmi.ac.in/gift/Kolam.htm, to see how Kolam can be used in association with DNA recombination.