62,370 stitches | 256 Hours| 22”x35”

This tapestry, titled DACAIT-I, belongs to the “DACAIT” series by Puja Bhakoo. Dacait, in Hindi, means bandit. The notorious and dreaded bandits from the famous Chambal ravines near Rajasthan, India, were a law unto themselves. The protagonist in the tapestry has vivid eyes that enunciate mystique as well as mutiny. The sandy undertones and earthy hues bring out the enigma of the golden sand dunes of Rajasthan. The portrait featured here was inspired by a painting ‘The Eyes of Thar,’ by Satish Gupta. It took Puja Bhakoo approximately three months to create this handmade tapestry.

Year of Creation: 1998

Medium: Petit Point/Needlepoint Embroidery

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

Source of Inspiration: ‘The Eyes of Thar,’ by Satish Gupta

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

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.