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Harini Chandrasekar is an Industrial Designer with a specialization in textiles from India’s premier design school, The National Institute of Design. The prestigious Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden as well as the Politechnico Di Milano in Italy added to her education and international perspective. She then went on to teach courses such as design concepts and concerns, print-making, sustainability and craft and strategic design thinking while working with several global clients across Sweden, Italy, Finland and India. She is currently enrolled in the Global Marketing Communication & Advertising program at Emerson College to add a new dimension to her skills. Harini hopes to integrate creativity with management to create new and engaging ideas in the field of marketing communication.

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Below is an alligator inspired by an age-old South Indian tradition called "Kolam" which always reminds me of home! A Kolam (also known as Alpana, Rangoli, Muggulu across India) is generally a pattern guided by dots drawn at the entrance of a house with rice flour powder. These designs are made with bare fingers and the dots connect to form shapes or loops are drawn encircling the dots to complete a motif. The rice powder is said to invite small birds and ants into one's every day life symbolic of harmonious co-existence. Occasionally, cow dung, believed to have antiseptic properties is also used to wax the floor and provide some protection. Kolam's are associated with ritual value and special occasions call for limestone and red brick powder to afford greater contrast and a celebratory flavor.

Enjoy the kolam-gator basking in a summer swamp!:)