This tapestry, titled EKLAVYA – The Royal Guard, tells the story of a warrior and his unflinching loyalty towards his master. Woollen strands in fiery hues mix with earthy rusts and browns to create a vocabulary of mystique – lending this creation a hauntingly realistic quality. The protagonist’s eyes are volatile yet vulnerable, intrepid yet tender. They speak volumes about the emotions that are at play in the character’s mind. The pursed lips reflect a suppressed fury, a quiet dignity, and unflinching resolve and deep intent. The demeanour is combat-ready if truce fails.
Year of Creation: 2013
Medium: Petit Point/Needle Point Embroidery
Materials used: 4 ply woolen yarn/double mesh Penelope canvas/hand-embroidery needle
Source of Inspiration: Bollywood film star Amitabh Bachchan’s look in a movie
Note: No graph or stencil has been used in the creation of this tapestry