Kasuti is a type of embroidery from Karnataka, India. Like blackwork, it is geometric and worked in double running stitch. However, it is traditionally very brightly colored. I found a few books in the library on the subject, and have worked up some examples (I picked the colors, but they’re bright, so I think they are in line with the style!) I thought this would be interesting to folks that do traditional blackwork, since the motifs and designs are different (even if you worked them in black).
Here is a lotus (it’s not done yet):
A set of borders (I love the little deer at the bottom):
This bird is so cool:
And finally, an elephant (also unfinished):
The two books are Ethnic Embroidery of India, by Usha Shrikant, and Kasuti of Karnatak, by Indira Joshi. Both are really fantastic, but I believe Kasuti of Karnatak may have been a source for the other, and has more kasuti designs since its focus is solely on kasuti.