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PULLI KOLAM ~ SOLITAIRE revisited

(SKU ID: VRTY0100 )

Rs. 2,450

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Solitaire is a single-player game of concentration and skill. Traditionally it uses a set layout of tiles, pegs, stones or even cards. Most solitaire games function as a puzzle which, due to a different starting position, may (or may not) be solved in a different fashion each time.

This product is a result of the ME to WE project, an initiative by A Hundred Hands, an NGO that encourages craftspeople across crafts, media and geographies to collaborate on design and innovation. This popular game is thus a fusion of two crafts, the lightweight, wooden pawns handcrafted by our artisans from channapatna and the beautiful mats, custom-embroidered by Porgai, a producer group of Lambadi women from Sitlingi, Tamil Nadu. This games comes with a lovely custom-made owl handblock-printed potli (a cloth bag), the embrodiered mat, an instruction leaflet and 32 wooden pawns.

Board games have existed in India since centuries. Many games like Chess, Pachisi (ludo) and Snakes and Ladders find their origin in India. Indian mythology is abound with references to board games. In fact, it was a board game that lead to the war betweeen the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the Mahabharata. One also finds references to board games in sacred scriptures like the Skanda Purana and the Rig Veda. In fact, you would often find board games etched in the stone slabs in several ancient temples.

Benefits of playing Board Games

Board games help bring family and friends together. They improve memory, arithmetic and analytical skills. Playing board games drastically reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. They keep you mentally and physically active.

About the game

The first evidence of the game can be traced back to the court of Louis XIV, and the specific date of 1687, with an engraving made that year of Anne De Rohan-Chabot, the Princess of Soubise, with the puzzle by her side. The August 1687 edition of the French literary magazine ‘Mercure Galant’ contains a description of the board, rules and sample problems. This is the first known reference to the game in print.

The game is popularly known as ‘Brainvita’ in India where it is usually played with marbles on a wooden board. Our interpretation includes a hand embroidered mat with the holes being replaced by the traditional pulli kolam (rangoli made using dots). To start the game ,set up such that the 32 wooden channapatna pawns fill every pulli (or dot) of the kolam except the middle pulli. The objective is, making valid moves. To empty the entire board except for a solitary pawn in the central pulli (dot). Solitaire is played by one person and is therefore technically not a game but a puzzle.

This game contains

A hand-block printed pouch

One embroidered cloth mat

32 wooden pawns

an instruction leaflet

Recommended age : 4 years +

CARE INSTRUCTIONS 

All lacware products must be kept in shaded areas and must avoid direct exposure to sun. Avoid blows against hard surfaces. Please do not wash them with water. Wood can react variedly to atmospheric changes which is beyond our control. Please dry clean the mat or wash the same lightly in cold water.