It is a traditional embroidery of the state of Karnataka and is done by counting the threads of the warp and weft with the designs traced or implanted as outlines.
There are essentially four types of kasuti embroidery. They are Neyge Kasuti, Murgi Kasuti, Menthya Kasuti and Gavanthi Kasuti. Gavanti and Murgi comprise a straight and zig zag stitch. The stitch is identical on both sides of the cloth where as Menthe and Negi Stitch are dissimilar on either side of the fabric. The Difference between Menthe and Negi Stitch is that while the Menthe stitch resembles a cross-stitch, the Negi stitch provides a woven style. These stitches are dissimilar on either side of the fabric.
The Basis of Gavanti and Murgi Stitich is Hoblein Stitich. To understand the concept of Hoblein stitch, you can visit this site.
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