KALA SANGAM: Kasuti Embroidery Workshop
Can't attend the workshop? Kasuti embroidery demonstrations will be ongoing at the Indian Heritage Centre from 10 am - 5 pm daily from 3 to 7 September, and from 10 am to 3 pm on 8 September.
About the Craft
Kasuti is a traditional hand embroidery tradition practiced by women in the northern part of Karnataka, India. Typically, this type of embroidery was done only on dark-coloured hand-woven cotton fabrics, using light-coloured cotton threads. The intricate embroidery consists of geometrical patterns, folk designs influenced by rangoli patterns of Karnataka and motifs such as palanquins, chariots, and lamps inspired by designs found in the regional temples. Developed mostly by the Lingayat community, this embroidery technique is used on fabrics related to life-cycle rituals, and is given as part of a bride’s wedding trousseau.
About the Artist:
Tara Hulamani, a native of Hubli, Karnataka is a mastercraftsperson in Kasuti embroidery. She has been engaged in this craft from the age of 17 and could embroider a full sari by the age of 22. She has around ten students and has been training them in the intricate craft of Kasuti. Each of her works are unique in design and aesthetic merit. She is well-versed in the diverse Kasuti embroidery stitches including Ele, Mente, Negi, Gavanthe and Marige.
About Kala Sangam:
Kala Sangam is a collaborative initiative of the Indian Heritage Centre and the High Commission of India in Singapore to invite traditional craftspeople from India to the Centre, to demonstrate their crafts in promotion of this important aspect of Singapore’s Indian community’s intangible cultural heritage, and to share this rich heritage with Singaporeans.
Note from the Organiser:
Please ensure you can attend before registering for seats. As seats are limited, please inform us of cancellations early, so that seats may be released to other interested participants.
The Indian Heritage Centre reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice. All information is correct at the time of publishing.