Friday, November 6, 2020

Kasuti Sari

Kasuti Sari  

 A style of embroidery that has caught the world unaware, the kasuti style of Dharwad sarees is indeed mystic. A style that has found its origins in the seven scenic hills, kasuti is a hand woven variety of embroidery. Basically found in the Silk pallus, Kasuti embroidery consists of interwoven geometric patterns that make up for this interesting design. It has mostly been adapted from the temple designs and architectural musings of the surroundings.

Origin & History

This style originated way back in the 7th century in the lands of Western Karnataka in the regions of Dharwad. This is the real source of the name Dharwad Sarees The name has a very kannada feel to it with Kai’ meaning hand and Suti’ meaning Cotton to make up for Kasuti embroidery which literally means handwork of Cotton thread. This embroidery pattern found its source in the Ikal sarees, a variety of cotton sarees found in the regions of Ikal. The tradition followed was to gift a bride a blue embroidered Cotton saree. This was later extended towards the Silk varieties. Today a lot of Silk sarees and pallus are embroidered using the Kasuti embroidery.


From plain Cotton sarees, this style has been adapted by variety of materials ranging from Georgette to Silk. The pallus are special flavors for this style of embroidery. Present day sources of income in the western regions of Karnataka are solely ruled by the Kai krafts or kasuti embroidery. A single embroidery or cross stitch design requires a lot of helping hands. In fact, a lot of sarees have taken up this embroidery to enrich their designs and collection.

Occasion Dressing

Given the materials and designs, kasuti embroidery of dharwad suits every occasion. The Cotton dresses and sarees can be worn when going out or staying in. You can even dress up with the dharwad sarees during weddings. This forms an ideal gift for those who are about to be married.


No weather can prevent you from wearing the kasuti embroidery. The patterns and material make it suitable for all seasons.


With the kasuti embroidery, regular wash in the machine or dry cleaning would do. No heavy maintenance is required as far as these sarees are concerned. The best part is one can just soak it in a hot water bucket.


The best part of these sarees is that you can wear any type of jewelry with it and, it would still look good. You can match up with a good range of colorful bangles to style up these sarees. A nice matching shawl would look good during the winters. One can even wear anklets or long earrings to adorn it.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

One can see traces of North Indian origin in this craft known as kasuti embroidery

Flower patterns are usually the basic patterns that beautify the look and feel of the saree

Next to flowers, Elephants and Peacocks are the most sought after patterns

These designs try to replicate the rangoli styles and patterns

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