EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA / KASUTI WORK / FEATURES
- Kasuti work involves embroidering very intricate patterns like gopura, chariot, palanquin, lamps and conch shells.
- Exquisitely carved sculptures embellishing temples in the land, are believed to have inspired Kasuti as women embroidered religious motifs – like temple gateways, vehicles of deities, lamp pillars, plant holders of holy basil, chariots and palanquins – on cloth.
- Apart from sacred motifs, birds, animals, fruits, trees and flowers are also worked into fine embroideries. The motifs can range from architectural designs to a cradle and from an elephant to a squirrel.
- The main motifs are found to be larger near the pallav, and as they move downwards in a saree the motifs get smaller and smaller.
- Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal stitches are used for Kasuti embroidery.
- The motifs have to be completed as the stitching line comes back to fill in the blank spaces.
- Kasuti basically involves working around the weave.
- Motifs are not traced on the cloth, but worked by memory and by counting of threads of the fabric, to obtain even and neat stitches.
- As Kasuti is usually done on dark backgrounds with red, orange, purple, green, blue and yellow threads, the effect is always striking.
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