Down south in India, married women invite other married women home and offer a thamboolam to honour the women power/shakti/Goddess Durga, which they believe resides in every lady. To offer Thamboolam, one can paint these rice sieves and add a dash of colour to the Thambool.

Traditional farming methods use the rice sieve to separate rice from the husk. Pongal/Sankranthi  marks the onset of the harvest season. In traditional houses in India, the rice sieves form a part of the decoration of the household during festivities. Here’s a small DIY to decorate a rice sieve for the harvest festival.



  1. Wipe the rice sieve with a dry cloth to clean the surface from dust.TJdJ5WXLDQP4VXNLrNE8NrVE
  2. Paint a simple design of your choice onto the Fine Art canvas roll using Fevicryl Acrylic colours. XNYK72FfY19WSyNJ3UFr7TKC
    I have painted a simple Warli-Madhubani fusion design which is known as Madhu-Warli. Warli is a traditional Indian art form from Maharashtra where Sankranthi is celebrated with great pomp!
  3. Stick the painted canvas onto the rice sieve using Fevicol.Vg33bJNRKfEW4V1WFSKRCM0V
  4. Use Fevicryl Acrylic colour- Sap Green to work on the weaves of the Rice Sieve.d2BBA2gHL34YQe3agKrUdHE9
  5. Using a dry flat bush, give strokes of Fevicryl Acrylic Color- Pearl Metallic Gold to give a metallic gold finish on the painted areas.yt7d9E2544fRdC4CQV9QdMC2
  6. Paint the remaining area of the rice sieve using Fevicryl Acrylic colour- Burnt Sienna.C5Ja5HPhUTV4UbU1a6302UhA


  • Fevicryl Sunflower Kit
  • Fevicryl Pearl Metallic Gold
  • Fine Art Brush
  • Fine Art Canvas roll
  • Fevicol MR
  • Traditional rice sieve

Here’s a QUICK LINK TO MY AMAZON STORE to purchase the paints that you would need for this project.


The painted traditional rice sieve can be kept in a corner for display or even be used to adorn a wall. Do let me know how you used your’s, in the comments below!!

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