Free Weaving : Karen Tapestries & Collages

25 May – 30 June  | Gallery 2


The Karen are an ethnic minority group from Myanmar, with a rich weaving tradition. In 2010 an art group was established in Melbourne to teach the group collage making. The Karen are natural pattern makers and immediately adapted to this new way of working. In 2013 several women attended a tapestry workshop at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. This collection of work highlights the freedom of their vibrant, colourful collages reflected in their tapestries and demonstrates the joy they have found in their new home.

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Weaving Day Workshop

Karen Weavers Floor Talk with Sara Lindsay



image:  Shuklay Tahpo, Chevron 2016, 80 x 108 cm, Cotton and acrylic. Photography: Tim Gresham