A little while ago I have finally finished working on this piece inspired by my journey to India:
I am quite happy with it, it came together pretty intuitively, although it took a while to get all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. The grey background is silk cotton blend dyed a while ago, it has a pretty nice hand to it. The running stitch is inspired by kantha quilts which are traditionally made of layers of old saris. The trim is taken from a silk hanging bought in Bodhgaya, Bihar. So when I came into the store there, the the guy started to eagerly unroll the new and shiny silk hangings in front of me, I noticed the ones that are displayed on the walls, covered in dust and cobwebs. I wanted those, and he probably thought I’m crazy, but I felt he would sell anything and anyone, no matter what I ask))))) The elements placed vertically at the center line are the strings of thread (called rakshasutra) that are tied on your hand in temples. They seem to form letters slightly resembling Sanskrit, or hindi, but that’s ok if that is not obvious. They are letters of unknown alphabet that has yet to be deciphered.