Divya’s Kolu Vignettes

Hello! I hope you all had an awesome Diwali with family and friends. I thought I would share some inspiring Kolu images as a wrap up of the festive season ūüôā

Today, I am very happy to feature some beautiful handmade vignettes from the home of Divya Narasimhan from Chennai.

Divya, a fashion designer, teacher and popular blogger, is the owner of Sayuri – a handcrafted jewelry and accessories brand. (See the end of the post for links to her Facebook page, website and blog.)

Entrance Decor

Entrance Decor

1. Entrance to her home featuring gorgeous Arabian style lighting and wall murals made by her.
2. A beautifully garlanded kuthu villakku that is more than 100 years old.
3. Electrical fuse box decorated with CDs that have patterns drawn on them using Sharpies. As you can see from the above pictures – Divya is very talented at crafts and her home is reflective of that talent in each corner.
4. Kalamkari wall in the bedroom -Ac and thermostat also decoupaged with hand painted kalamkari pictures by Divya.

Now over to Divya for a background on her family’s Kolu celebrations:

Navaratri is my most favorite festival of the year and we take pride in celebrating it even though it is a lot of work. Instead of just keeping a traditional kolu, Every year, we have a theme and the entire kolu is arranged to reflect that one theme only. Our themes are part religious (mythological) and part social in nature.”
Divya’s Kolu themes of the past few years are varied and interesting. For more pictures and ideas, visit her blog by clicking each link.

2011- theme – OM (AUM)¬†– “Our theme was the primordial sound the signifies the eternal Brahman.Our display included different AUM fonts, OM Ganeshas and we had a sound and light show depicting¬†how the universe was created according to Sanatana Dharma.While exploring he importance of AUM meditation with its four stages along with scenes from Mandukya Upanishad we also traced the¬†etymology of the word¬†Mother and how it relates to OM.” says Divya.

AUM themed Kolu by Divya

AUM themed Kolu by Divya

2012 – Theme – Light¬†– In this year, Divya’s Kolu showcased different light sources, types of light, light festivals and ceremonies in major religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism and their social significance.

An idol of Goddess Jyothi that Divya made using a kuthu vilakku (traditional silver lamp)

An idol of Goddess Jyothi that Divya made using a kuthu vilakku (traditional silver lamp)

2013 – theme – Vishwaroopam¬†– “Our display showcased the various vishwaroopa forms of Lord vishnu and mythological stories relating to this theophany. ¬†On the social level,¬†Our theme talks of the evolution of a man’s capabilities and how one’s duty to oneself is to fully explore, develop and demonstrate those capabilities and talents for the good of mankind.” says Divya about the theme.

Viswaroopam of Lord Vishnu - another Kolu theme by Divya

Viswaroopam of Lord Vishnu – another Kolu theme by Divya

For the Navaratri celebrations for the years before 2011, Divya featured themes like – “How and why is navaratri celebrated”, “How a contemporary woman is the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi”, Kolams, and Fairy tales.

I am indeed grateful to Divya for her prompt response to my queries and for the inspiring images she has provided for this post.

Image Courtesy and Links:

All images are courtesy of Divya N. Please do visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JewelsofSayuri and her website at: http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com/.

Divya also conducts jewelry classes and other classes, so please do contact her for more information about timings and course content http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com/p/classes.html.


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