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Weaving begins – 25 June 2009 (pm)

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The first full day at the Binga Craft Centre… I push on with my paper workshop for half the day, with the younger women… the other have to start weaving.

Sunrise on Lake Kariba, paper folding 101 – 25 June 2009 (am)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
Lake Cariba sunrise

Lake Cariba sunrise

The morning of the day after we arrived in Binga (which is a small town on Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe). BEAUTIFUL.

The previous afternoon was spent just meeting the group of women for the first time – and showing them baskets from other places (in last post)

I started the 5 day workshop of with a paper folding exercise - introducing the ladies to creasing and the idea of modelmaking

I started the 5 day workshop of with a paper folding exercise - introducing the ladies to creasing and the idea of modelmaking

paper 101

paper 101

paper 101

paper 101

Binga… the place that time forgot – 24 June 2009 (pm)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
A room full of women. Waiting to weave.

A room full of women. Waiting to weave.

Me, showing off my collection of baskets collected on my travels - Malaysian, Japanese, South African baskets

Me, showing off my collection of baskets collected on my travels - Malaysian, Japanese, South African baskets

the lovely ladies loving the foreign weaves

the lovely ladies loving the foreign weaves

LOVING it!

LOVING it!

Maxin (en route to Binga from Bulawayo) – 24 June 2009 (am)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
This guy was awesome. He said that his ability to carve wood came from a dream, as do all his carvings - from dream to reality without any in-between. Pretty cool

This guy was awesome. He said that his ability to carve wood came from a dream, as do all his carvings - from dream to reality without any in-between. Pretty cool

what an amazing chicken coop...

what an amazing chicken coop...

goal

The New Basket Workshop starts – 23 June 2009

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
the rank market on the first day of my trip to Zimbabwe earlier this year

the rank market on the first day of my trip to Zimbabwe earlier this year

fruit in a Japanese supermarket

fruit in a Japanese supermarket

When I arrived in Zimbabwe (Bulawayo – my birth town) for a series of weaving workshops there with 2 different groups of women weavers, I was taken to the rank market, where a certain pride was shown by the people selling tomatoes and sorghum and so on. It immediately reminded me of the way produce and objects are often proudly and beautifully displayed in Japan – like the fruit in the second photo above…

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