WADEYE WOMEN’S CRAFT

Women in Wadeye do lots of craft work, including making batik T-shirts and dilly bags.  

We get the new fronds from the fan palm (thithimambe), take out the string and dye it yellow, orange and purple. We get the colours from roots and seeds. Then we dry the strands and roll them on our thighs to make them soft. We tie the string in traditional designs to make dilly bags, which we use to carry things. 

 

Ww also make batik T-shirts. We buy plain white T-shirts and put traditonal designs on them using hot wax and dyes from roots and seeds. Then we rinse and dry them.

We sell the finished T-shirts to other people in the community. 


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