Kalibasi Designs ~ Wearable Art ~ Handcrafted Felt Apparel
In her 20′s Kali spent time in India evolving her artistry of embroidery and hand dyeing while working with master artists in the cottage craft industry.
With this background of a solid grounding of contemporary western expressions and fashions and her traditional heritage in arts and crafts as a natural living expression, she developed her own unique artistic signature. Working with natural fibers, exotic textiles, yarns and dyes she combined traditions of craft with a flair for fashion to create unique garments.
In 1993 Kali excelled in ‘The New Zealand National Machine Knitting and Design Awards’. Awarded 6 awards for her entries including ‘Best Runway Design’ and ‘Best Coat Design’.
Kali moved to the USA in 2000 and has continued to explore and evolve her art. Her work explores a wide range of textural effects and colors with techniques of nuno felting, dyeing, embroidery and stitching. Kali works with natural fibers, natural dyes and uses a lot of recycled fabrics. She frequently travels to India to be inspired and to source her fabrics. She loves working with the exotic richness of the vintage sari fabrics with their unique hand-crafted colors, symbols, patterns and natural fibers passed down from generations. Her designs are a fusion of her East Indian heritage blended with contemporary western expressions and fashions.
In her latest creations Kali is exploring the art of Nuno Felt. “I love to create my own textiles for my garments, and felting is one of the few methods that an individual artist can use to do so. I love the flexibility and the unpredictability of felt. It’s magic watching loose, disparate fibers and fabric pieces meld into a strong, beautiful, textile with undulating patterns and textures when soapy water and a bit of muscle are applied.”