Warp and Weft

Tapestry Process

The creation process of a tapestry can last from 3 weeks to many months, depending on the complexity and size of each piece.

Firstly I start with  the layout and once  the colours and the design has  been selected I either go to the colour  Laboratory to dye the thread in the particular colour I want, if the colour can be found easily I prefer buying it from a textile store rather than going through the whole process of dying.

The tapestry can be woven in two different types either with the help of a loom or hand woven. I prefer the Hand weaving method as I am more comfortable with it, due to the loom being immovable one cannot carry it from place to another. Once I have all the materials, I start with building  a frame of wood, same as a canvas frame is made. Then the thread is tied on the frame with the help of nails, nailed opposite to each other and the gap between them is the same. The image is pasted on the back side of the frame which acts as a stencil. When all this is done starts the process of actual weaving.

Ganesha – As the the size of the layout was 4 feet. I chose to use a bigger frame than the actual layout so that gradually it does not become tighter,to give the threads the same tension till the end. Their were thirteen different colours used in the tapestry which I had dyed myself. I could only see the front side until the layout was detached from the backside of the, once it was complete. From the start till the I kept clicking photographs of my unfinished work, as I wanted to capture and record the different stages of my artwork.

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For Women empowerment I chose to make portraits on a frame of 40 by 40 centimetres. all of them have the same colour scheme and were made in the similar process as above, the only difference being here had not dyed the thread myself.

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