1,81,602 stitches | 747 Hours

This tapestry, titled VAJOOD (existence), tells the story of a cattle-herder from India’s western belt, in a ponderous mood, reflecting on the meaning of his existence. Woollen strands in fiery hues mix with earthy rusts and browns to create a vocabulary of mystique, lending the 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 tapestry is invested with six months of laborious and dedicated workmanship.

Title of Tapestry: VAJOOD

Year of Creation: 2017

Medium: Petit Point/Needle Point + Florentine Embroidery

Size (including frame): 59”x38”

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

Source of Inspiration: A photograph of a Rajasthani man on the internet

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