Friday, June 8, 2012

Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshop

As part of the KURU ALALA: Eyes Open exhibition JamFactory was proud to host a Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshop held Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3rd of June. The event was well attended with participants learning basic weaving skills, and creating their own grass  (tjanpi) weaved baskets and animals. 
The workshop was conducted under the expert guidance of Mary Pan and Janet Forbes from Blackstone (WA) and Yartitji Young and Nora Davidson from Amata (SA) who shared their stories and experiences.
We hope everyone enjoyed this event as much as we did. 

For those who would like to continue weaving at home you can purchase the small sail makers needles (see below) from Whitworths Marine and Leisure, Port Adelaide or from E-bay. The larger needles and bunches of raffia can be purchased from Spotlight, Lincraft or  Baldocks, Adelaide  for bulk purchases. Brown Paper Packaging in Melbourne is another source as well.
Happy Weaving...