– Weaving Practice –
“Old People came to Angurugu School when I was young to teach us weaving.
We went collecting pandanas and string and dying with plants to make colours.
I love making baskets both ways, the traditional ways that the old ladies teach me and these new ways with the ghost nets and bush dyed fabric.
It’s important, to keep my culture going, for the future’”
- Vera Lalara
"I started weaving at Bickerton Island, that was my learning. Before, the old ladies used to do the basket weaving traditional way with pandanus. The old ladies used to use the ghost net to make sculpture of people and turtle. Now we using ghost net to make baskets and also use the bush dye fabric to make baskets a new way. Aly is teaching us, it’s fun." - Letoria Yulidjirri
Weaving with ghost net
Lost and forgotten fishermen's netting, known as 'Ghost Nets', are a major environmental threat to sea life throughout the world. Large amounts of these nets are found and removed from the beaches by the local rangers on Groote Eylandt, often with entrapped and endangered animals found within them, dead and alive.
Anindilyakwa women have been preventing these nets from becoming landfill, making them into artwork using bush dyed and recycled fabric, to utilize this environmental threat in a creative way and also to share the story of this problem.