KAROSS

“We are a collective of South African artisans, specialising in hand-embroidery and fashioning a culture of Embrace.”

Kaross’s rural embroidery project was founded in 1988 by artist Irma Van Rooyen and a few female farmworkers sitting on a Kaross (blanket), hand-embroidering Tsonga-inspired images to create unique, functional artworks. Kaross now employs about 1300 embroiderers from the local community in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It brings together valuable, creative hands to produce high-quality linen products, from placemats to cushion covers, handbags and wall hangings. The ongoing sustainable project fosters a culture of Embrace: exploring African heritage, strengthening cultural awareness and celebrating diversity.

This brand empowers women by advocating for women leadership and creating a safe and fair work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
This brand works with highly skilled craftspeople, providing them with economic support while keeping ancient craft traditions alive. We select these brands based on their commitment to design, cultural preservation, social enterprise and community support.
This brand supports efforts to preserve ancient techniques and art forms with heritage craftsmanship using sustainable materials. It works directly with skilled multi-generational local artisans and craftspeople who produce culturally representative goods.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this product go towards disenfranchised groups that are specific to the brand’s social and cultural community.
All of the pieces in this collection are one-off pieces.