Jayashree sent photos of a gorgeous project she has recently finished – a beautiful hand embroidered Indian sari, worked in vivid colors on a silk ground. I think you’ll agree it’s really gorgeous!
The embroidery technique used on Jayashree’s sari is called Kasuthi. It’s a technique that originated in the Hubli Dharwad region in North Karnataka around a thousand years ago, and is quite similar to blackwork.
The geometric designs embroidered on the dark silk in vivid colors are stunning! The sari is 5.5 meters long and 45 inches wide, with designs embroidered all over it. The entire sari, including the pallu (scarf portion) has 125 motifs worked over it!
You can see here the intricacy of the main motif, repeated above the striped area – imagine (I can’t!) the time and diligence involved in adorning the magnificent piece of silk. I love the gold edges, too, which are just visible on the outside edges of the photo. The striped area is really stunning – a magnificent display of color!
Here, you can see closer up some of the individual motifs. The embroidery is worked without a hoop, over net, so that the individual fabric threads in the ground fabric are not counted.
A maximum of four colors are used in the embroidery, and only four stitches: double running stitch (also called Holbein stitch), cross stitch, diagonal stitch, and weaving stitch.
And, finally, most amazingly – the work is reversible, so that the image on the back is as clear as the image on the front.
Jayashree has put the instructions for working Kasuthi embroidery on the IndusLadies forum, if you would like to check them out. You must be registered to view the attachments.
Beautiful, isn’t it? What a superb piece of clothing! Thanks, Jayashree, for sending along the pictures!
If you’d like to share your embroidery with Needle ‘n Thread readers, please don’t hesitate to contact me! It’s always a pleasure to see what people all around the world are doing with their needle & thread!