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Winner . . . Namrata Hari finished first out of the nine women who took part.

by Greta Yeoman

Nine Timaru-based Indian women took up the challenge of Rangoli at the weekend.

The traditional Indian art form, in which patterns are created on the ground or floor using coloured rice, coloured sand or flower petals, was taken up as a competition among the nine women.

Judge Lata Kumar said it took each of the women at least two hours to create their the artworks on Sunday.

Rangoli is usually celebrated during Hindu festivals, such as Diwali, which was celebrated last week.

It was the first time a competition had been held in Timaru, she said.

It had been organised by Ms Kumar, Priya Hari and Prabha Hari and they hoped to make it an annual event.