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Kasuti Embroidered Tussar Silk Dupattas




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This collection of Chattisgarh Tussar silk dupattas by Arati Hiremath is adorned with traditional Kasuti embroidery of Karnataka. Folk patterns like the Gopura (temple tower), chariot, palanquin, lamps and conch shells are contemporized and hand-embroidered with painstaking detail onto the fabric. The rich silken texture and intricate embroidery, which is identical on both sides of the fabric, make this a perfect drape for special occasions.

These exquisite pieces are crafted entirely by hand, without the use of an embroidery frame. The beauty of Kasuti embroidery lies in the fact that it can be done only by counting threads of the warp and weft, without the possibility of tracing the design beforehand.

The most commonly used stitches are gavanti (line or double running stitch) and murgi (zig-zag lines). The Negi stitch is the ordinary running stitch used in large designs, creating a woven design effect, while the Menthi is a cross-stitch used for architectural patterns.

Kasuti embroidery has traditionally been and still is done entirely by women. The embroidery was done on sarees, cholis and children’s clothes and was essentially a home craft. The women of Karnataka turned to their own surroundings for design inspiration and chose those that appealed to their religious, artistic or domestic instincts.