The Kaross logo. The Kaross logo.

Kaross is an embroidery initiative founded in 1989 in the Letsitele and Giyani areas of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Kaross was established by five Shangaan embroiderers and Irma van Rooyen, a visual artist, who was also the creative director and founder. Sitting on local blankets (kaross; hence their name), the ladies started to create works of art reflecting their lives and cultural background.

Each embroidery is based on a folk tale or typical South African scene. This style of work is found in many countries, especially in Africa, and is often associated with the Egyptian architect, Wissa Wassef. The embroidery is mainly worked in chain stitch with a crochet hook (rather than a tambour hook) with a cotton cloth as the ground material. The objects made are sold via various commercial outlets in South Africa as well as online.

Digital source (retrieved 19th April 2016).


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