An art that takes hours to carefully deliver the final product. Lots of attention, hard work and above all, the talent, is the key to this beautiful piece. More stunning than a rainbow, more luxurious and behind it is a culture that’s worth discovering. Maldives is where embroidery meets vivid colours. From planning to weaving, the process of Kasabu Viyun is truly mesmerizing.
Kasabu Boavalhu is known as the rich neckline of the Maldivian traditional dress dhivehi libaas. The neckline is only a part of the traditional dress and yet it has so much value. “It requires 17 lines of braids which are hand-stitched in a specific pattern. Kasabu Boavalhu consists of ‘Hiru’, ‘Bagiyaa’ and ‘Rodhigandu’,” says Hidha, who has been involved in this art for years and is an expert in this field.
The neckline often displays colours such as greens, reds and blues along with silver and gold. There different ways this embroidery is done throughout the country. For instance, it is said that women of Huvadhoo Atoll use more colourful threads while the women of Addu Atoll use the classic silver and gold threads.
But you’ll find one talented home-based artist, who continues to amaze us with her modern, yet traditional products.
Kasabu by Hidha aims to preserve the Maldives’ cultural heritage by sharing it with others. She never fails to stun her followers with her creative Kasabu products. This includes cushions with authentic Kasabu embroidery, bringing the traditional Maldives colours to your comfort place. But if you’re looking for ways to change your fashion style a bit, the leather wrist band with hand-braided kasabu (metallic yarn) is perfect.