1,46,853 stitches | 604 Hours | 37”x49”

This tapestry, titled UMMEED (hope), features a Rajasthani man from the western part of India, who is immersed in his own world of circumstantial dilemmas – of livelihood, of existence, of sustenance. The protagonist’s eyes are pensive and vulnerable, his expression a mixture of predicament and confusion. In contrast to his lugubrious expression, his rich handle-bar moustache curls up with pride in the rich culture and traditions of his hometown. The tapestry was created, from conception to completion, in over four months.

Year of Creation: 2015

Medium: Petit Point/Needlepoint Embroidery

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

Source of Inspiration: Photograph of Rajasthani man on google

Proceeds from the sale of Puja Bhakoo Handcrafted Tapestries fund the rehabilitation of underprivileged children, under Puja’s Tapestry-For-Charity initiative.

So every time you choose to upgrade your interiors, you also upgrade the life of an underprivileged child.