Cultural yarns and craft workshops at The Centre Beaudesert

WEAVING: Polo Granny Donna Page will be holding the first of the cultural workshops to be held at The Centre Beaudesert. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
WEAVING: Polo Granny Donna Page will be holding the first of the cultural workshops to be held at The Centre Beaudesert. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

SCENIC Rim women can now improve their cultural knowledge and learn new skills, thanks to the generosity of our female Mununjali elders.

The Granny Polo Elders women’s group is looking forward to sharing stories and their culture through crafts including basket making, sewing, beading and weaving on the last Saturday of each month from February to November at The Centre Beaudesert.

Artist and weaver Donna Page who, in her 60s is the youngest of the Polo Grannies, will be hosting the first workshop on February 24.

Ms Page said the gatherings would be a good opportunity for women to benefit from the spiritual tradition of passing knowledge and skills from one generation to another.

“I am interested in teaching mums our ways so they can pass them on to their daughters,” she said.

“The weaving is very simple to learn and we will also be talking about how we use natural resources and other materials to make certain things.”

Ms Page says she made items such as dilly bags from locally sourced freshwater reeds or raffia – and while the workshop is BYO materials there would also be materials available to purchase on the day.

“All women are welcome to come along, hear our stories and see what we do,” she said

Ms Page said future sessions would also include some screen printing and painting.

The monthly gatherings will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm and tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.