Kaross is the embodiment of a passion for colour, for the tactile and for the culture of the VaTsonga people of South Africa. Kaross operates far beyond the notion of empowerment and upliftment.
Kaross is an embroidery initiative started in 1989 with five VaTsonga embroiderers and Irma van Rooyen, a visual artist, as creative director and founder. Sitting on a kaross (blanket) the ladies started creating works of art unique to themselves and their cultural background. The objective was to create pieces of excellent quality and a fresh approach to handwork.
Over the past 25 years Kaross has become the voice of 1000+ VaTsonga people and their communities in the Letsitele and Giyani areas of the Limpopo Province. Kaross is about exploring a cultural heritage and re-applying it to modern, marketable products and artworks.
Kaross creates opportunities for mainly rural women to make a living by being creative within the realm of their own tradition and background. The job-creation and upliftment aspects of the project remain driving forces and are key to all developmental and business decisions in Kaross.
The final result is something of extraordinary beauty, combined with durable quality and exquisite attention to detail