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    Introduction to Pandanus Weaving at Songlines 25th May

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    Every wondered how beautiful Top End Aboriginal natural fibre weavings are created? This is the opportunity to find out and try it yourself. We start at the beginning, with fresh Pandanus leaves and you can make something to take home with you.

    We have a number of expert and patient Arnhem Land weavers happy to share their skills with you. We anticipate this workshop will be led by Betty and she's looking forward to teaching you fibre techniques that have been handed down by her ancestors, skills in use over thousands of years. We will have at least two teachers present.

    Over 3 hours we'll share with you techniques for preparing and weaving Pandanus fibre - both coil (contemporary) and twined (traditional) techniques. Everything is hands-on. Be ready for laughter, sharing and learning. 


    ON THE DAY

    Fresh (prickly) Pandanus fronds may be on hand on the day (if the planets align) - but this cannot be guaranteed. 

    We have pre-prepared fibre on hand (stripped, dyed and dry) so we can start weaving, learning the coil technique or mat (traditional twined) weaving techniques. The latter technique can be taught if Betty is available. 

    Weavers will be here from 10.30 am and we wind up around 1.30 pm. You are welcome to stay on and finish your piece.

    We have bench seating but please bring a cushion if you'd like a bit more comfort.

    *Songlines is open from 10 am - 3 pm.


    WHAT'S PROVIDED?

    Teachers, pandanus used during the workshop, needles, tea, coffee and cold water. 


    FACILITATOR

    The workshop session will be facilitated by Felicity Wright. She has a long history of managing and working in remote community art centres and facilitating a range of art and cultural experiences for visitors.

    Felicity will give some background to Top End weaving fibres and techniques and how they relate to the culture of Kunwinjku and Burarra people. You will also explain how the amazing colour palettes are created from locally sourced natural dyes.

    The teachers are drawn from her extensive network of weavers from remote communities, some of who now live in or regularly visit Darwin.


    CULTURAL NOTICE 

    Please be aware - the teachers who deliver the workshops have asked that we only accept women as attendees. This is for cultural reasons. Thank you for your understanding.


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