18 January 2017
Bundjalung and Kunwinjku Women’s Cultural Exchange
A rich and inspiring cultural exchange and art collaboration between the NSW Northern Rivers Bundjalung women of Wake Up Time and a group of Kunwinjku women textile artists from Injalak Arts, Oenpelli, Northern Territory will be happening late March.
With both groups specialising in fabric printing, dyeing and fibre and weaving, this project will support the women to not only develop and exchange traditions, skills and techniques, but also to create strong and lasting reciprocal relationships of cultural significance to each group. The Kunwinjku women textile artists will travel to the Northern Rivers region for the two week program which will have begun with the traditional collection of weaving materials and dyes in the Northern Territory before they leave. In the Northern Rivers of NSW the program will open with an official Meet and Greet day in Casino for the Bundjalung and Kunwinjku women, land council members and local government representatives. There will be a welcome to country and an introduction to Bundjalung Nation and culture that will be followed by a field trip to collect weaving materials and grasses in the local area.
Says Kylie Caldwell, Co-ordinator for the Casino Wake Up Time group, ‘We are very excited about the cultural exchange with the Kunwinku women, the aunties are very impressed with their quality of work and look forward to learning from the women. Injalak artists are renowned for their beautiful cultural prints and woven basketry. I hope this cultural exchange will be the beginning of a new relationship where both groups share, inspire and support each other’s creative and cultural practises’.
At the completion of the two week cultural exchange program the Bundjalung and Kunwinjku women will open the doors to offer a workshop for interested women both indigenous and non-indigenous. These workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to engage and meet with both Bundjalung and Kunwinjku women, to share their culture and wisdom and learn the respective techniques of each group.
The workshop is now full. Please contact us if you would like to be on the waiting list.
Image | 24 March | Bundjalung and Kunwinjku women dyeing silk wraps at Jamamba Arts Centre, Casino