Bommai Kolu/Bommala Koluvu is a doll and figurine display festival celebrated during Navarathri/Pongal in Southern India.
On the first day of festival odd numbered Padi (3,5,7,9 or 11) are set up using wooden planks. It is covered with a fabric and then adorned with various deities, dolls and figurines. In the evening women in neighborhood invite each other to visit their homes to view doll displays, they exchange gifts and sweets. Some people take a doll/figurine along, to add it to the display.
So, a friend of mine invited during Navarathri(2014) to view her doll display and that was her first year in the US. She made a simple yet elegant 3 step Kolu and I was really impressed and inspired too.:-)
Since, we have the tradition during Pongal, I couldn’t wait to have one @ our home. I wasn’t actually prepared for it so didn’t have many traditional dolls that are usually displaced. However, after gathering some ideas from internet I was determined to D.I.Y 😉
So, if you are a crafter like me, here is a project that you can easily make for your next Kolu 🙂
Miniature clay musical instruments!!
These cute looking pieces are pretty easy to make and all you need is some imagination and few supplies.These can be made of natural clay or polymer clay. Here are some pictures.
For natural clay, let the pieces dry for at least 48 hours, and polymer clay, bake as per package instructions. Once dry paint the details with a sharpie marker or acrylic paint.
Isn’t that a fun project!! I hope you enjoyed my first post for 2015 😀
Wish you all a happy new year!!
5 thoughts on “D.I.Y Golu/Bommala Koluvu dolls”
Wow…this looks awesome. Nothing gives more satisfaction that DIY projects and handmade golu bommais. I am so inspired to make these for this year. Thanks for inspiring me.
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