Weaving project underway

AN expressive form of weaving is being introduced to the wider community this week as part of a special Harmony Day initiative.

Kaz Madigan set up at Taree Library yesterday, and is there again today, teaching people about Saori Japanese freestyle hand weaving and inviting them to contribute to two community banners which, at the end of the two days will be presented to the library as well as the local area's Migrant Settlement Project.

One banner highlights the beach and sky, while the other promote's the forest and valley.

"Both work together to make our community," said Kaz.

The Saori Japanese freestyle hand weaving style is a way to "realise the creative nature of people" and allows people to put their own creativity into it.

"It's something people can put their spirit into...which is a really important part of the weaving."

Weaving is an ancient craft and Kaz said people who do it as a craft feel a connection and feel the need to weave.

Kaz has a studio in Old Bar where she gives regular classes and she also travels.

She explained that the loom is designed so people of any ability can take part.

Jane O'Dwyer from the Migrant Settlement Project said craft is something that spans all cultures and it is a way that people get to tell the story of their culture.

You can try the weaving yourself today between 10am and 3pm at the library.

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