Cotton Tree by Subodh Kerkar – his interpretation of the Sculpture
“There grows in India a wonderful tree which bears tiny lambs on the end of its branches. These branches are so pliable that they bend down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungry”.
The idea of a ‘tree which grows wool’ has been incorporated into several European languages. In English ‘cotton’ is ‘cotton wool’ and in German Baumwolle (Baum = tree, Wolle = wool). Cotton was exported to Europe from India. However, the technique of knitting was brought here by the Portuguese.
Cotton originated in India. Apart from spices, cotton was one of the major Indian export commodities. I have covered my cotton pods with patterns of crochet (a Portuguese knitting style). One of the cotton pods is fitted with a lamb head