Kashida or kasuti is a traditional embroidery done by wornen in Dhanwar. This embroidery is generally done on dark cotton. The process is laborious and requires understanding of geometrical patterns. The designs are not traced but the embroidery is done by counting the threads of the material. It is common practice in Karnataka to give the bride a Kasuti sari and a khun (blouse piece), It is preserved as a family heirloom. The motifs used in kasuti range from mythological and architectural to the flora and fauna.
This nauvari (nine yards) irkali sari has intricate embroidery depicting lotus flowers, pair of peacocks, animals and human figures on its pallu. The body of the sari has roomali phul (flower) buttis.
Textiles and Costumes of India
Cotton with kasuti embroidery
Early 20th Century CE