"Be what you be in all that you are". ~ Angus Stone ~
I can still see the shadows falling. I can feel the people and the ancient calling. I can smell the land when I look at this. I want to know more about the art.
I came home weaving grass and painting. The weaving is on Montana's bed and the paintings are on the window sill. I think they are beautiful. They too tell a story.
Here is a few great facts about weaving grasses. I am super interested in doing this craft and so I am putting out there so that the right person comes my way to teach me this craft.
Most fibrework is made from coiling, twining and looping. In South Australia, the Ngarrindjeri people of the Murray River and Coorong regions never lost their basic fibre techniques despite their experiences of colonization. The coiling of rushes into baskets was then passed onto women of Goulbourn and Croker Islands through missionary activities. This technique soon spread across Arnhem Land.Image by Mezza - The dreaming at Uluru
In Arnhem Land, fibrework and containers is associated very closely with major Dreaming stories. Weaving baskets and bags helps define the knowledge and status of women in communities as women have to earn the right to that knowledge.
In south-eastern coastal communities, Aboriginal women's basket work has benefited from a significant amount of knowledge being sourced, collected and passed back to them. Highly regarded basket makers, women from Lake Tyers, Victoria, and the Coorang, South Australia, have demonstrated methods of collecting materials and different weaving techniques which they shared with the women of the south-eastern coast of New South Wales. Basket making for the south coastal women revives and continues a tradition of women's work.