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Wake Up Time Group participates in Australian Indigenous Fashion Week
21 May 2014
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.