son of the soil


2,09,304 stitches* | 861 Hours*

He could be a rustic camel herder who tends to his flock in the dwindling grazing lands of Rajasthan or a man who sells his colorful ware at the local fair. A florid and vibrant turban woven with colorful threads of culture and tradition adorns his head. The glistening eyes and an endearing smile and add to his rustic appeal. The luscious mustache (almost a trademark of Rajasthani men), the even set of teeth and the contours of the lips give this embroidered portrait a realistic look which is difficult to achieve with woolen yarns.

Title of Tapestry: SON OF THE SOIL

Year of Creation: 2013-2014

Medium: Petit Point/Needle Point Embroidery on canvas

Size: 68”x38”

Materials used: 4 ply woolen yarn/double mesh Penelope canvas/hand-embroidery needle

Source of Inspiration: The portrait of an unidentified Rajasthani man on the internet

Note: No graph or stencil has been used in the creation of this tapestry

*Stitches@ 81 per sq.inch, Time@3 sq.inches per hour.