These high quality embroidered pieces are made by hand. Their production has made a profound change to the position of the women and their families in a remote area of South Africa where opportunities are traditionally scarce.
Kaross is an embroidery initiative that started in 1989 with five Shangaan embroiderers and Irma van Rooyen, a visual artist, as creative director and founder. Sitting on a kaross (blanket) the ladies started creating works of art unique to themselves and their cultural background. The objective was to create pieces of excellent quality and a fresh approach to handwork.
Over the past 23 years Kaross has become the voice of 700+ Shangaan people and their communities in the Letsitele and Giyani areas of the Limpopo Province. Kaross is re-writing a culture by exploring its heritage and re-applying it to modern, marketable products and artworks.
Designs and colours vary, as do production times which could be up to 3 months for special orders or multiple pieces in the same design.