54,270 Stitches | 350 Hours

His arid eyes probe
The blistering desert sand
Seeking a dewy oasis
In swathes of wasted land

Wicked illusions galore
Dusty Devils spin,
Glistening beads of sweat
Sting a hungry splintered skin

Sadistic desert seas
Unabated in their slaughter
Throw morsels of hope
A mirage thirsts water

BANJARA is the latest addition to Puja Bhakoo’s ‘Courting the Thar’ line of handcrafted tapestries, which is inspired by the cultural heritage of India’s western belt.

Year of Creation: 2018

Medium: Petit Point/Needle Point Embroidery

Size: 22.5”x31”

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

Source of Inspiration: A photograph of an unidentified Rajasthani man on the Internet

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