Kaross Embroidery Project
Did you know?
The Kaross embroidery project also has an outlet in Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Local artist Irma van Rooyen founded the Kaross rural embroidery project 20 years ago with 5 female farm workers.
Sitting on a kaross (blanket), the women began to embroider images from their own culture with the aim of making modern artworks from traditional arts and craft skills.
Today Kaross employs nearly a thousand people from the Limpopo province's Letsitele Valley and Giyani communities, giving a modern voice to traditional Tsonga culture.
Kaross creates high quality linen, tableware, art pieces, wall hangings and fashion accessories, each piece 100% handmade and proudly South African.
The images are bold and colourful, drawing on Tsonga mythology. They tell of the greatness of the elephant and the strength of the crocodile. They talk of the hare's jokes, the flick of the fish, the flight of the bird; and of love, life and marriage.
You can visit the Kaross workshop and witness how the images are designed and embroidered. The project is housed in a double-volume barn set on a citrus farm in Letsitele. Spend time browsing through the shop and studio, and meet some of the people whose lives have changed as a result of the project.
Kaross is 'rewriting Tsonga culture by exploring its heritage and reapplying it to modern, marketable products and artworks', says founder Irma van Rooyen. The embroidery project is sustainable and has strengthened cultural awareness in the area.
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Who to contact
Kaross Embroidery Project/Kaross Textiles
Tel: +27 (0) 15 345 1458