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April 24, 2018

Kaross featured embroiderer for October 2017 Flora Mkhawani

Kaross featured embroiderer for October 2017 Flora Mkhawani

A few words spring to mind when I think of Flora. Perserverance is one of them, and tenacity. Pride and self-worth.

Hers is a story that speaks for many of the women at Kaross. The story of a loving, caring mother and wife who wants more for her children than what she ever had.

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October 06, 2017

Kaross Featured Embroiderer for August 2017; Mavis Nkuna

Kaross Featured Embroiderer for August 2017; Mavis Nkuna

The story of Mavis Nkuna personifies the power of celebrating small victories.

How can a rural woman, with limited opportunities, build a future and achieve a long term goal?  By doing what her hands find to do.

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July 25, 2017

Kaross Featured Embroiderer for May: Traiza Chiloane

Kaross Featured Embroiderer for May: Traiza Chiloane

The Kaross embroiderers are so good at what they do, so quietly confident in their demeanour as they carefully hand-embroider every single stitch that goes into Kaross’ functional art pieces, that they actually make it look easy. The opposite is in fact true – Kaross’ products require a lot of skill, involving ability, creativity and precision in large measures.

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March 28, 2017

Featured Embroiderers for KarossTashas: Noria Mahlaula and Try Kuna

Featured Embroiderers for KarossTashas: Noria Mahlaula and Try Kuna

We think that every person who works for Kaross is special, but then there are some that just become extra special, whose dedication to the art of embroidery produces exceptional quality, and whose craft suddenly seems to make the world a more beautiful place.

Kaross for Tashas – a beautiful idea

When we started working on Kaross for Tashas, we knew that beautiful ideas would remain just that – ideas – unless we could get excellent execution, embroiderers of the highest quality who could translate the ‘feel’ of the concepts into tangible pieces.

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March 08, 2017

Kaross featured embroiderer for February: Thandy Ngobeni

Kaross featured embroiderer for February: Thandy Ngobeni

Thandy Ngobeni (37), our featured embroiderer for February, is an entrepeneur in heart and soul. Besides crafting beautiful embroidery for Kaross, she has her own business selling fruit and vegetables in her home village of Nyagelane.

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December 01, 2016

We visit the Mangenas, a valued family in the Kaross community

Mangena family  - cattle farmers and Kaross embroiderers

What do cattle and goats have to do with Kaross? Traditionally not much - our designs do not feature many domestic animals and our studio is based on a citrus farm.

However, one livestock farmer has managed to become an integral part of the Kaross community in his quiet way.

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November 02, 2016

Kaross featured embroiderer for October: Elisa Manyama

Kaross featured embroiderer for October: Elisa Manyama

Elisa Manyama (58), who was our featured embroiderer for October, is a woman who exemplifies the Afrikaans saying, “haar hande staan vir niks verkeerd nie”. This literally says that her hands cannot do wrong, and it signifies someone who is good with her hands and is industrious in her work.

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September 14, 2016

We visit the Mashabas, where the art of embroidery is family business

We visit the Mashabas, where the art of embroidery is family business

Embroidery is a skill that the VaTsonga people are traditionally good at, but few demonstrate this better than the Mashaba family of Xihoko Village, where the art of embroidery truly runs in the family.

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August 19, 2016

Custom designed embroidered cloth by Ephas Mathebula and Sylvia Khubayi

Custom designed embroidered cloth by Ephas Mathebula and Sylvia Khubayi

This beautiful Kaross cloth was designed by Ephas Mathebula and hand-embroidered by Sylvia Khubayi.

Titled "The Lion Hunt", this 1 x 1.8m artwork reflects Ephas' strong faith and love for God. Ephas is 30 years old and has been living in Mamitwa Village near Kaross all his life. He is the father of Brendon (7), and his wife is expecting their second child, Emmanuel. Besides his love for drawing, Ephas loves his calling as a preacher at the Body of Christ church in Mamitwa.

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April 08, 2016

It takes a village to make a difference…

It takes a village to make a difference…

In Africa there is a belief that ‘I am because we are’ as opposed to the more narcissistic Western attitude of ‘We are because I am’ – This deeply ingrained sense of community, putting the ‘WE’ before the ‘I’ is a powerful tool that empowers in ways few people can appreciate.

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