SHOPPING centres play an important role in spreading the festive cheer.
With Deepavali just around the corner, many shoppers, regardless of race, would look forward to colourful decorations, especially vibrant kolam in shopping centres.
Kolam is a drawing of patterns and images on the ground using rice flour or other artificially coloured materials, which are usually rice and grated coconut.
StarMetro takes a look at what some of the malls have done for visitors to feast their eyes on.
For the first time, Nu Sentral, which opened its doors last year, has been decorated for Deepavali.
The shopping centre closest to Brickfields’ Little India does not disappoint with its “green elephants” welcoming shoppers in true Indian style.
Three elephants will greet shoppers as they enter the centre court, which has been transformed into an Indian garden-like setting with arches.
Shoppers can take a walk in the manicured garden where a Deepavali bazaar selling Indian clothing, accessories and food is located.
A flower kolam at one end of the garden completes the Deepavali look.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, which is known for its collaboration with educational institutions for Deepavali decorations, worked with KBU International College this year.
A colourful kolam with intricate patterns has been designed and garlands of flowers, accentuated with lights, are draped around the pillars to give A Passage to India feel to the shopping centre.
Shoppers are also invited to throw coins into its fountain at the entrance and make a wish.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur marketing director Kung Suan Ai said it aimed to illuminate the hearts and lives of everyone through the act of casting coins of hope.
“Through this experience, we look to bring a ray of light into the lives of every individual and foster a sense of togetherness and hope,” she said.
Shoppers at Mid Valley Megamall are being welcomed with three vibrant kolam. These kolam designs incorporate natural bright-coloured motifs such as flowers and leaves.
Complemented with lights and surrounded by colourful garlands, the decoration serves as a grand reception to all who enter the shopping centre.
Meanwhile, next door at The Gardens Mall, visitors are being greeted by a 3D kolam, which is a growing trend.
The centrepiece is surrounded by six flower petals with henna motif.
Peacock is the design of choice for several shopping centres. Among them are Sungei Wang Plaza and Kenanga Wholesale City, both of which have kolam of a single peacock with colourful feathers.
Flowers are also a favourite for kolam drawing. Fahrenheit88 has drawn inspiration from the lotus flower to design its colourful version.
There’s something more than the usual kolam decoration at Sunway Putra Mall. A setting featuring draped sarees and Indian spices offer an attractive burst of colour.
However, the main highlight is still the three-tiered kolam surrounded with oil lamps to create a stunning visual effect.