Tuesday, November 6, 2012

kasuti Embroidery

Kasuti is a traditional form of embroidery.  It is practiced in the state of Karnataka, India.  The word kasuti is derived the two words kai(hand) and suti(cotton) i.e) kasuti is done with cotton and hands.  Kasuti work involves very intricate patterns.  Kasuti patterns depict flowers, birds, trees, chariots, Gopur(temple towers).
Kasuti consists of four important stitches:
Gavanti or Gante - It is the double running stitch.
Murgi or Zig zag stitch.
Neygi - running stitch(darning stitch).
Menthe or cross stitch

Kasuti can be worked on Matty/ Aida fabric, plain fabric.  To work on a plain fabric a flexi-net has to be attached.  It is all counting the stitches and the direction.   The beauty of Kasuti is both the right and the wrong side looks alike when worked in the proper way.
These are some of the basic trimmings used in Kasuti embroidery.  It can be used for border,  along with other motifs to create beautiful patterns, for the neckline. Kasuti is very easy to work with on understanding the stitch directions.  In my coming posts I will try to give simple design with the stitch directions so that any one interested can work on a project with that.  Here I have worked the trimming in matty cloth.

using these basic trimmings I have created a border design which can be used for sarees, kurtis, sleeves, necklines etc.  I will be posting it in my next post.



  1. Thank you for sharing the information Shami! I have seen Kasuti work on sarees. What kind of net is flexi net? And how do they attach to the fabric?

  2. These borders are beautiful. I will watch for your direction as it looks like fun and useful stitching to learn. Thanks!

  3. Thanks Preeti, Connie.
    @preeti -Flexi net, It will be like mosquito net. But it will be somewhat thicker. In aida fabric the holes per inch will be less. but in flexi net holes per inch will be more so that the design worked on it will be more intricate.

    @connie - Come back to watch the directions. I will be posting it within a couple of days.

  4. Hi..

    Your tutorial on Kasuti as well as other works are wonderful..!!

    Haven't seen any1 explaining this art in detail in the net.. Excellent..!! Excellent..!!

    If can, pls teach us the other basic stitches and small designs too in Kasuti.. :D

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