Have you tried this latest lockdown trend? Jigsaw puzzles are all the rage now

DJ Ma Faiza has been sitting at her desk for eight hours at present, piecing collectively a puzzle. This is day 5. She has been spending a couple of hours daily over the previous 4 days, making an attempt to finish this 1,000 piece jigsaw. At 11 pm, she is lastly completed. With a triumphant smile and an aching again, she will get up and takes an image of the accomplished work, shimmering with glitter.

“It took me 16 hours on the whole to get this done,” says the Pune-based DJ, including, that she was often helped by her mom and pal. “Each piece that fits gives one the sense of finding a treasure. While working on it, I try not to look at the box for help. In the beginning, it took a while but I finished the last half of the puzzle rapidly,” she explains.

A puzzle fanatic, Ma Faiza has not had time for her passion for the previous 30 years, given her touring schedule: until the ongoing lockdown to sort out COVID-19 started. “Solving this has reinvigorated my joy for it. Maybe it comes for my love for fitting things and sorting them. I love arranging and segregating according to colour,” she laughs.

Once the shops open up, she desires to get herself a 2,500 piece puzzle. The greater the problem, the extra Ma Faiza thrives on the thrill of fixing it.

She is just not the just one. Social media is all of the sudden brimming with footage of puzzles in varied phases. Some of the accomplished ones really appear to be artistic endeavors. No marvel, a variety of avid puzzlers select to border their accomplished work and put it on show.

An example of how intricate jigsaws are lately

The new crop of puzzles are advanced and complicated and a few even are available non conventional shapes. While you can get items that come collectively to create the Burj Khalifa, Avengers, Harry Potter or well-known artwork works, the harder ones are simply the gradient of 1 color, as a substitute of photographs.

“The quality has improved over the years and pieces stick better. Images too are better and of high resolution,” says C Senthilnathan, who alongside together with his spouse Subhata R, launched Chennai-based Untangle — House of Puzzles, which shares 300 to 400 containers of jigsaw puzzles and different such mind flexers, in February this 12 months. At his area, a 1,500 piece puzzle of an island holds pleasure of place. It was completed by his 62-year-old mom. “During this stay-at-home period, between my wife, four-year-old daughter and I, we have finished at least six large (600 to 1,000 piece) puzzles,” he says.

Two enthusiasts try to complete a large puzzle

The greatest puzzles Senthilnathan has are a 6,000 piece one — that when put collectively reveals a picture of the Sistine chapel — and a 24,000 piece that depicts the evolution of life kind. “Like baking and cooking, solving puzzles has become a sought-after activity during this lockdown. In the US, some of the largest brands have run out of stock,” he provides, stating that over the previous couple of weeks, he has obtained messages from purchasers thanking him for the inspiration to begin off on puzzles, an exercise that has saved them occupied at residence.

He believes that the purpose for this recognition is as a result of “people want to do something that is gadget free. It’s a way of giving a workout to the brain while keeping the hands busy.” It’s additionally a temper lifter because it provides one the sense of undertaking one thing, says Senthilnathan.

Rachel and Jena, founders of of Piecework Puzzle

Rachel and Jena, founders of of Piecework Puzzle  
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Piecework Puzzle

“They are meditation for the modern age,” says US-based Rachel Hochhauser who, together with Jena Wolfe, began Piecework, a line of designer puzzles, final summer season. Priced between $26-$36 USD, these are primarily for adults. So far, their hottest product is Forbidden Fruit that includes a desk laden with papaya, grape fruits, kiwano melon, lemons and a cocktail glass with a paper parasol. “It’s also challenging because of the monotone background. Most people solve it in about a week’s time,” says Rachel.

She says that the demand has sky-rocketed ever since bodily distancing began. “We have completely sold out,” she provides. Though Piecework usually ships internationally, it needed to pause for the time being owing to COVID-19.

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