What comes to your mind when you hear the word “garden”? Perhaps, garden signifies green, life, fresh, natural and blossom.
What if there is a “garden” that’s exactly opposite to all above?
Welcome to “Thread Garden”, a 10,000 sq ft place in Ooty that is built entirely of threads, yes you read it right – THREAD. This place is in the first floor of a building that’s right in front of Ooty’s boat house. The building has a tiny board with Thread Garden written in it, so it is easy to miss.
Thread garden is conceptualised and executed by Antony Joseph, a 60-year old innovator from Kerala.
This garden has over 140+ species of plants that are made by a self-invented technology called “four-dimensional hand wound embroidery”.
A team of about 50 specially trained artists worked tirelessly for 12 years to produce this masterpiece.
Every stem, leaf, and flower of all plants deceive our eyes to look so natural. But, entire garden is an artificial setup.
This 100% handmade embroidery garden is the first of its kind in the world with plenty of plants, flowers, lawns, climbers and creepers.
What will take the breath away in Thread Garden is its attention to detail and its machine-like-precision. But, neither a machine nor a needle is used to make any of the item in the garden. Neither a paint nor a color is used to make any of the item in the garden.
A closeup shot of a flower. You can notice the threads. Open the photo in a new tab (to view in large size) to notice the thread even better.
A zoomed-in version of the above picture, you can clearly notice the thread pattern.
About 400 shade and natural colored embroidery threads measuring over 60 million meters in length (6 crore meters, in Indian numeric system) were used to achieve this Thread Garden.
For the stem to be stiff, they have used copper wires. Thread Garden is recommended to the Guinness record.
The garden also has the region’s special flower – Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes). ‘Neelam’ means Blue color in Tamil language.
Minty Tip: The specialty of Neelakurinji flower is – it flowers once in 12 years, and it can be seen in Ooty, Kodaikanal and Munnar. These are hill stations in South India. The tribal who lived in these region eons ago used to calculate their age by the flowering of Neelakurinji.
Below is a picture of Neelakurinji flowers.
Below picture was created by sticking flannel thread on a canvas.
If you are an art lover, it would take at least an hour to notice the minute effort taken by artists.
The determination, dedication, and patience of the entire artist team and its creator needs a salute.
Minty Tip: At the exit, there are few model plants (again, done only with threads). You can ask the in-charge to give it to you to touch and feel the thread.
I’m holding a leaf. Exit section in Thread Garden is the only area where visitors are allowed to touch and feel the quality of thread finish.
A zoomed-in version of above picture where the thread line pattern can be seen clearly.
Entry timing & other details
- All 7 days: 9 am to 6.30 pm
- When the visitors are high in number, the place remains open till 7.30 pm
- Photography is charged at Rs 20 per person