65,205 stitches | 268 Hours | 23″X35″

This Tapestry, titled Aanchal, depicts a girl from the northern belt of India, who is an epitome of courage and will-power. Her demeanor exudes a quiet confidence that enhances her poise and dignity. Her eyebrows are furrowed; a fiery temperament shines from within those large hazel eyes. A heavy dupatta (stole) dotted with the stories about Punjab’s eclectic culture, covers her bosom. A large red bindi adorns her forehead. The background phulkari design adds to the timelessness of this heirloom that was created in approximately three months.

Year of Creation: 2002

Medium: Petit Point/Needlepoint Embroidery

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

Source of Inspiration: A painting by Iloosh Ahluwalia

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.