In the second class with Rosalie Dace, entitled “Confident Colour”, we were shown these embroideries as examples of using unusual colours together, and how effective they can be. Quoting from their website:-
Kaross™ is an embroidery initiative started in 1989 with a few (five) Shangaan embroiders and Irma van Rooyen, a visual artist, as creative director and founder. Sitting on a Kaross™ (blanket) the ladies started creating works of art own to themselves and their cultural background. The objective was to create pieces of excellent quality, and a fresh approach to handwork. Over the past 18 years Kaross™ became the voice of 1000+ Shangaan people and their communities in the Letsitele/Giyani area of the Limpopo Province. Kaross™ is re-writing a culture by exploring its heritage and re-applying it to modern, marketable products and artworks.
As can be seen in the last close-up, the stitches are all very simple – chain stitch used as filling, straight and stem stitches, and herringbone used as a border. They are cushion covers and placemats, and Rosalie was taking them to the US in payment for something she had bought, instead of cash. What a great idea!