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Exhibition of kasuti work

PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

ETHNIC DESIGNS Kasuti creates intricate patterns from relatively simple stitches

Vermilion House is conducting an exhibition of traditional kasuti embroidery by Asha Savala on March 15, 16 and 17.

Kasuti is an embroidery form traditional to Karnataka, which creates numerous intricate patterns and motifs such as gopurams, chariots, palanquins, lamps, conch shells, birds, animals, trees and so on with elaborate sequences of simple stitches, sometimes numbering as many as 2,000 to 5,000 stitches.

Asha Savala, who's journey with kasuti first began with simple requests from friends, now runs Empress Fashions with a team of 150 women and has been promoting the craft for two decades now. With her experience in ethnic embroidery and textiles, Asha has combined kasuti with Ilkals, gadwalls, Orissa, tussar, Bengali cottons and Kanjeevarams.

The exhibition at Vermillion House will be kicked off at 10.30 a.m. on March 15 with a talk by Asha on her experiences with the embroidery form, and will be on view between 10.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. till March 17 at Vermilion House, 3/12, Cleveland Road Cross, Frazer Town.

Contact 41225830 for details.

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