Monday, October 19, 2015

Australian Waggas

Australian patchwork tradition came with the first fleet convicts from England but mainly in the form of 2 layered coverlets. The Aboriginal use of possum skins and the making of cloaks from these is noted in the book above, The Gentle Arts -200 years of Australian Women's Domestic & Decorative Arts by Jennifer Isaacs 1987.
What sparks my interest and attention is the Bush Quilt or Wagga often made from scraps or suiting samples and stuffed with used clothing for warmth. Made during the late 19th and early 20th century they were used by men who worked the land or families as a utilitarian quilt. Dr Annette Gero in her book above, The Fabric of Society- Australia's Quilt Heritage from Convict Times to 1960 has a chapter on the wagga.
A wonderful photo of the maker and the Rabbiter's wagga

The innards of a wagga- old jumpers/cardigans.
Drawing inspiration from this tradition and technique I have used an older quilt as the base on which to build my design.
New material on the left and the original quilt on the right. This will be totally covered.
Design auditioning. Thanks Misik for the opportunity to look at the wagga tradition.


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