lagaan-II

LAGAAN-II

66,096 stitches* | 272 Hours*

The term ‘LAGAAN,’ in the early nineteenth century, meant the monetary cut paid by farmers, from their harvest to feudal lords, in rural India. This tapestry, the second in Puja’s LAGAAN series, shows a farmer whose expression tells the tale of decades of frustration at the hands of feudal landlords, for decades. Somber hues and earthy colors merge and interplay to suggest a hint of awakening. One of Puja’s initial creations, this intricate tapestry is a product of over four months of labor, experimentation, trial, and error.

Title of Tapestry: LAGAAN-II

Year of Creation: 1993

Medium: Petit Point/Needle Point Embroidery on canvas

Size: 24×34”

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

Source of Inspiration: A painting by Jaya Wheaton

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