This is a MAAKOLAM, a kolam made with rice paste. Rice is soaked in water for one or two hours and ground into fine paste. The rice paste is diluted a little and using a piece of cloth or cotton this type of maakolam is drawn. It gives a bright look when it drys completely. Generally maakolam is drawn for auspicious occasions. Colours can be added to the rice paste and colour maakolam can also be drawn.