Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Kasuti Sampler

I've prepared a sampler with a few patterns ranging from basic to challenging. Click on the images to enlarge.
Patterns 1 and 2 are worked in Muragi; The Holbein stitch is worked as zig-zag lines.
The third and fourth require a bit more attention and concentration. They are worked in Ganti style; uses horizonatal, vertical and diagonal lines.

The peacock motif below employs the Ganti style style as well; and is sightly more complicated mostly because of the number of side trips involved. On closer observation, you'll see that the 2nd peocock image is of the reverse side of fabric and not a flipped image.

 Negi Kasuti - uses the same technique as weaving.

The motif above is called the Padma or the lotus.  Next to the Gopur or the temple dome, this motif is the most popular.  I have not removed the net I used as grid for counting. You can try this design once you master the basics. It's complicated, but not that complicated. Remember nothing is really as difficult as it might as first seem.  All we need to do is analyse it, decide on a course of action and work on it.

The image below showcases of the reverse side of fabric. You can see why Kasuti is called reversible. Except for the finished ends woven in, the pattern looks exactly the same on both sides of the fabric.
This now is a tough one.  It is done in a style called Murugi kasuti (meaning twisted). Motifs typical to this style have a lot of zigzags.  It is easy to get lost trying to work this motif. But if you decide on a path and stay on course, you'll make it in.

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