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By Jasmine Crittenden
June 16, 2018

Women of Craft: NAIDOC at Barangaroo

Learn how to weave fibres, make jewellery from shells and cook bush tucker.
By Jasmine Crittenden
June 16, 2018

If you've always longed to learn how to weave coconut fronds, cook with native ingredients or meet a dingo up close, here's your chance. As part of NAIDOC Week, Barangaroo is hosting Women of Craft: a showcase of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's arts, crafts, cooking, music and knowledge. And it's completely free.

All day long on Sunday, July 8, you'll get the chance to watch demonstrations, take part in free workshops and see traditions in action. The morning will kick off at 10am with a cleansing smoking ceremony, followed by a sand circle dance by Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group.

Next up will be a string of workshops. Learn how to weave coconut fronds, banana leaves and lomandra, all under the guidance of experts including Mimi Aboriginal Arts, Sylvia Nakachi and Hannah Gutchen. Then, discover the intricacies involved in making shell jewellery with Julie Freeman and her son Clive Freeman.

Meanwhile, expert forager Jody Orcher and Bush Tukka Guide author Samantha Martin will be leading a bunch of food workshops and demos. Their focus is homestyle cooking using native ingredients, so you can expect to leave armed with a stack of recipes to whip in your kitchen.

Every event happening at Women in Craft is free and there's no need to register. All you have to do is turn up.

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