“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.