Latha and her family designed their tiles together. They played Indian music and no one looked at any of their devices for a few hours! Great family event: Latha had no idea that they would be so into it.
The Parker twins are second graders at a DC Public School. Their school participated as a group for Inauguration Kolam 2021. Mr. Parker believes that designing the kolam tiles was an awesome art project for the family; three generations sat down at the dining table to include themes from school lessons in their tiles.
Gail participated in the Inauguration Kolam 2021 project with her wife, Sam. Sam is a science teacher at a local school who does origami; Gail enjoys working with fiber. Gail recently took a class called "Aqueous Collage" and incorporated both collages, and watercolors of the “ocean.”
Lakshmi shared a throwback kolam photo. "This is me, my mom, my sister and my brother in 1990 in front of our house in Vellore, Tamilnadu. Growing up kolam was a huge part of every day life and even more special on special holidays! It brings back such warm memories!!"
Krishna Arvind did tiles with his mother and then wrote an article about it for a newspaper. Shout out to all the budding reporters in the house!
Tracy from Madison, Wisconsin made a kolam made with bread crumbs and bird seed on frozen lake in front of the WI Capitol building. This beautifully captures the spirit of the kolam's "All are Welcome" message!
5 year old Savitha printed out kolams for all of her dolls. She said "First I asked my Amma to print it and then I cut it out and we took a photo. I know my baby is a pretend baby but it is nice that she can also do this with real people. Kolams are cool."
We received this email from P.Hariharan: "Greetings from India. This is a submission on behalf of my wonderful wife Vedambal for the Inauguration Kolam 2021. She is passionate about the different types of Kolams. She has a good collection of different kolams made into a book."
Saanvi is a 6th grade student from Virginia and this is one of the tiles she made.
"My mom and I had a lot of fun doing this kolam activity, it was really cool to cut out the different templates and see the spindle shape come together! I am very excited to see it being displayed at the Capitol! I am thankful and lucky that we got to be part in this project! "