Amazing Art! - Jane McKeough
We will finish the term by completing weaving projects and learning about the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles.
Weaving is a great craft activity for developing many skills:
*builds fine motor skill
*aids visual tracking
*building hand and eye coordination
*physical experience of spatial concepts of up, over, and under
*helps in using both the dominant and non-dominant hands at the same time
*weaving involves crossing the midline.
The art of fibre has a long history in Arnhem Land as evidenced by the many depictions of fibre objects in rock art.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make a variety of objects from animal and plant fibres. Their skills in basket weaving are evidenced in everyday tools such as baskets for collecting food, nets for fishing and ceremonial items such as headgear and wristbands.
Commonly used fibres include the leaves of pandanus, palms, jungle vine, and the inner bark of kurrajong and stringybark eucalyptus trees.