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Alpana is a kind of rangoli which is generally made in the region of Bengal in India. Alpana is usually a very sensible geometrical pattern which is visually balanced. Alpana is usually practiced by the women of the house holds. Alpana patterns usually depict the Bengali traditions and rituals. Alpana designs are not primarily traditional in fact now a days contemporary designs and modern art can also be seen in these patterns. In the time of navaratras and Lakshimi Puja, alpana designing is practiced as a traditional practice which works as a welcome note for the Gods.

Alpana designs are only made with the materials that can be easily found in homes like rice powder, rice paste, mud, charcoal and powdered colors. For decoration vermilion, grains, petals etc are used.
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