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February 06, 2017

Kaross featured embroiderer for November: Lonia Ngobeni

Kaross featured embroiderer for November: Lonia Ngobeni

A vibrant woman who handcrafts equally striking embroidery

How striking is this navy, turquoise and wine cushion cover with fish design, embroidered by Lonia Ngobeni, our featured embroiderer for November?

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December 07, 2016

Kaross products are now available at the British Museum shops in London

British Museum exhibition on South African Art

The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition titled South Africa: the art of a nation, which looks at the artistic heritage of the country through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks. 

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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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October 14, 2016

African animals represented in Kaross' embroidered art pieces: the African elephant

African animals represented in Kaross' embroidered art pieces: the African elephant

This post is the first in a series on the African animals represented in Kaross' embroidered art pieces. We decided to start with the most popular animal, which is, not surprisingly, the African elephant.

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October 03, 2016

Kaross featured embroiderer for September: Sophy Lebepe

Kaross featured embroiderer for September: Sophy Lebepe

Sophy's work reflects her talent and dedication as an embroiderer

Sophy Lebepe (40), was our featured embroiderer for September. She has been embroidering for Kaross for the past 3 years. In this short space of time we have seen her become an exceptional embroiderer who excels at 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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September 01, 2016

Kaross' featured embroiderer for August: Fosta Mahlaule

Kaross' featured embroiderer for August: Fosta Mahlaule

Fosta Mahlaule was our featured embroiderer for August. The work she does is an honest reflection of everything we try and achieve here at Kaross – she is a woman inspired, empowered and passionate about the expression of her African heritage and culture.

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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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August 14, 2016

France meets Africa in a love for handmade embroidery art

France meets Africa in a love for handmade embroidery art

French blogger on couture and textile arts, Sophie Malet, has featured Kaross' handmade embroidery art in a recent post. We love that she journeyed on a 'virtual trip' to Africa, showcasing the story of Kaross amongst other unique embroidered works of art - all rooted in a love for the splendour and colour of this amazing place that is South Africa.

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