Suf is a painstaking embroidery based on the triangle, called a "suf." Suf is counted on the warp and weft of the cloth in a surface satin stitch worked from the back. Motifs are never drawn. Each artisan imagines her design, then counts it out --in reverse! Skilled work thus requires an understanding of geometry and keen eyesight. A suf artisan displays virtuosity in detailing, filling symmetrical patterns with tiny triangles, and accent stitches.
Kala Raksha is committed to excellent quality and eco-friendly, natural materials. The Trust also strives to maximize local production, creating a network that benefits Kutchi artisans. Where local production is not possible, raw materials are procured from other artisan groups. Most of our textile products begin with 100% cotton and wool handloom. Our 100% matka silk is produced by a cooperative in Bihar.
The handloom fabric is dyed locally with natural dyes brewed from roots, flowers, leaves and fruits. Labor intensive, these dyes are beautiful and non harmful to the dyers and you.
Finally, our products are hand embroidered by KALA RAKSHA' s highly skilled women artisans in our hallmark subtle tonal color ways. The embroidery and patchwork motifs draw on the rich traditions of the artisans' native styles. Many designs are passed down from family members; some have been revived by inspiration from KALA RAKSHA' s permanent collection; some are the contemporary...