chitrakaar-I

CHITRAKAAR–I

1,39,968 stitches* | 576 Hours*

This handmade tapestry, titled Chitrkaar-1, presents a juxtaposition of matching and contrasting colors to create a stunning visual impact. ‘Chitrakaar’ which means an artist, is inspired by a self-portrait by M.F.Hussien, the renowned Indian artist of the twentieth century. A lush snow-white mane and beard are trademarks of this world-renowned artist who always walked barefoot. The blue elephant in the portrait depicts Gaj Gamini – a movie produced by Hussien during a phase when he was said to be infatuated with a famous Indian movie star. The detailing in the tapestry and its association with Hussien’s infatuation makes it a rare collector’s item.

Title of Tapestry: CHITRAKAAR-I

Year of Creation: 1998

Medium: Petit Point/Needle Point Embroidery

Size: 36”x48”

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

Source of Inspiration: Self-portrait by M.F.Hussien

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