Forma, Vol. 22 (No. 1), pp. 55-64, 2007
Original Paper

Extended Pasting Scheme for Kolam Pattern Generation

Thamburaj Robinson

Department of Mathematics, Madras Christian College, Chennai 600 059, India
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(Received November 3, 2006; Accepted September 5, 2007)

Keywords: Kolam Patterns, Picture Language, Tessellation

Abstract. The theory of "Formal Languages" had been applied successfully to study the aspect of generating patterns of the kolam folk designs. In this paper a new picture generating method by the use of pasting of tiles is presented. The generating model "Pasting Scheme" and its variant "Extended Pasting Scheme" are shown to generate patterns including kolams of kambi and non-kambi types and tessellations as well.

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