BLOG — Folk embroidery of Karnataka

* Kasuti hand embroidery.

Kasuti is a traditional form of folk embroidery practised in the state of Karnataka. The history of kasuti dates back to the 10th century of the Chalukya period. The word kasuti derives from 'kai' meaning hand, and 'suti' meaning cotton. It was one of the 64 arts recognised in Karnataka.

Kasuti embroidery, which is women dominated work, involves embroidering intricate patterns that the rural womenfolk of north Karnataka find in their everyday objects, nature and culture.

Earlier, the yarn of the saree was counted and then accordingly embroidered, and the threads required was drawn from the saree itself.

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