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Wake Up Time Group participates in Australian Indigenous Fashion Week

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Wake Up Time Group participates in Australian Indigenous Fashion Week

21 May 2014

Designer, Kylie Caldwell from Casino selects the garments she has created for the Inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion week held in Sydney at the Town Hall 11 of April 2014. Kylie was filmed as part of the Encounters project. Kylie is part of the Wake Up Time weaving group that meets regularly in Casino. She also teaches weaving with other Elders from the group to a small group of Indigenous students at the local high school in Casino.
Designer, Kylie Caldwell from Casino selects the garments she has created for the Inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion week held in Sydney at the Town Hall 11 of April 2014. Kylie was filmed as part of the Encounters project. Kylie is part of the Wake Up Time weaving group that meets regularly in Casino. She also teaches weaving with other Elders from the group to a small group of Indigenous students at the local high school in Casino. Photo: Benita Tunks.

The Wake Up Time Group is based in Casino and has been running for over a decade. They came together out of a need to support each other during difficult times. The women use the activity of making arts and crafts to spend time together supporting each other and sharing knowledge.

In 2013 the group was approached to participate in the first ever Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. The group created unique silk fabrics by using local indigenous vegetation from the region. One of the newer members of the group, Kylie Caldwell designed a suite of garments using the silks created by the women. These garments were then selected to be included on the run way of the first Indigenous Fashion week. The women in the group also made a range of woven baskets and fashion accessories to be included in the fashion show and trade fair. The techniques used to create the baskets were inspired by information the Museum provided as part of the Encounters project. In the late 18th century a female collector, Ms Mary Bundock recorded information about objects she collected and sent to various Museums in Australia and overseas. Two of the objects she collected ended up at the British Museum. Using the information that Ms Bundock recorded the women were able to re-learn the traditional techniques used by their ancestors.

Designer, Kylie Caldwell and workshop coordinator and fellow weaver, Katrina Kelsey selecting accessories for the models to wear with the garments designed and made by Kylie for the runway. All the accessories and the silks used to make the garments were created by the members of the Wake Up Time Group.
Designer, Kylie Caldwell and workshop coordinator and fellow weaver, Katrina Kelsey selecting accessories for the models to wear with the garments designed and made by Kylie for the runway. All the accessories and the silks used to make the garments were created by the members of the Wake Up Time Group. Photo: Benita Tunks.
During Fashion week the Museum filmed a series of interviews with some of the women from the Wake Up Time group. Here Jeremy Lucas is showing Margaret Torrens the footage from the interview he had recorded of her at Fashion Week.
During Fashion week the Museum filmed a series of interviews with some of the women from the Wake Up Time group. Here Jeremy Lucas is showing Margaret Torrens the footage from the interview he had recorded of her at Fashion Week. Photo: Benita Tunks.
Some of the wonderful creations by the Wake Up Time Group and designer, Kylie Caldwell on the runway at Fashion week.
Some of the wonderful creations by the Wake Up Time Group and designer, Kylie Caldwell on the runway at Fashion week. Photo: Benita Tunks.
Designer, Kylie Caldwell and weaver, Janelle Duncan speaking to members of the public about their weaving and silk fabrics.
Designer, Kylie Caldwell and weaver, Janelle Duncan speaking to members of the public about their weaving and silk fabrics. Photo: Benita Tunks.

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