Down south in India, married women invite other married women home and offer a thamboolam to honour the women power/shakti/Goddess Durga, which they believe resides in every lady. To offer Thamboolam, one can paint these rice sieves and add a dash of colour to the Thambool.
Traditional farming methods use the rice sieve to separate rice from the husk. Pongal/Sankranthi marks the onset of the harvest season. In traditional houses in India, the rice sieves form a part of the decoration of the household during festivities. Here’s a small DIY to decorate a rice sieve for the harvest festival.
HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF:
- Wipe the rice sieve with a dry cloth to clean the surface from dust.
- Paint a simple design of your choice onto the Fine Art canvas roll using Fevicryl Acrylic colours.
I have painted a simple Warli-Madhubani fusion design which is known as Madhu-Warli. Warli is a traditional Indian art form from Maharashtra where Sankranthi is celebrated with great pomp!
- Stick the painted canvas onto the rice sieve using Fevicol.
- Use Fevicryl Acrylic colour- Sap Green to work on the weaves of the Rice Sieve.
- Using a dry flat bush, give strokes of Fevicryl Acrylic Color- Pearl Metallic Gold to give a metallic gold finish on the painted areas.
- Paint the remaining area of the rice sieve using Fevicryl Acrylic colour- Burnt Sienna.
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:
- Fevicryl Sunflower Kit
- Fevicryl Pearl Metallic Gold
- Fine Art Brush
- Fine Art Canvas roll
- Fevicol MR
- Traditional rice sieve
Here’s a QUICK LINK TO MY AMAZON STORE to purchase the paints that you would need for this project.
The painted traditional rice sieve can be kept in a corner for display or even be used to adorn a wall. Do let me know how you used your’s, in the comments below!!