Forms of folk deities drawn on green areca leaf sheaths, cut made and planed, stitched together in specific shapes are called ‘kolam’. Colouring materials are collected from the surroundings. Creation of kolam is actually a complex process. No artificial substance is used here. Leaf sheath carefully detached from areca palm is cut at both ends. Upper surface is planed removing greenish parts using very small knife. Sheath pieces thus made are of uniform thickness. They are then cut into definite shapes as required for each Kolam. Number of sheaths used for kolam creation vary from one to one thousand one. Arrangement and alignment of each kolam different much from one another some are with face masks, some others are crown shaped, some are intended to mount on the head of the performer with the help of others as a few numbers are to be fixed on wooden frames moving on wheels.
Kolamthullal is the most spectacular item that makes Padayani an ecstatic experience. To pacify Kaali to get rid Kavilamma of the ill effects of wicked deities such as Pishachu, Madan, marutha, Yakshi etc. and thus to protect the folk people from calamities, persons disguised as these spiritual forces (Kolam) should perform dances in tune with kolappattu and thappumelam.
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