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Weaving Workshop with Jugan Dandii. Photo supplied.

Weaving Nyangbal yarns of the Richmond River is a special program of the Citizen Science workshop, happening in conjunction with the Speaking with the River exhibition now showing at Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

Organisers say this interactive workshop series offers community members the opportunity to explore different ways of sensing and knowing the Richmond River.

In a special family focused school holiday program, local weavers Aunty Tania Marlowe and Deb Cole from Jugan Dandii will teach hand weaving techniques and riverside Nyangbal yarns.

Participants will learn about introduced and natural fibres of the local area, and how they can be prepared and used to make a small sample fish trap.

Nyangbal culture in practice

Aunty Tania and Deb Cole will demonstrate and use a variety of local endemic and native fibres, with some introduced fibres, to adapt to a contemporary version of a fish trap or small sample fish trap woven form.

Family Weaving Workshop with Jugan Dandii. Photo supplied.

This technique may lend itself to exploration of other basketry forms including food gathering bags.

Organisers say this riverside workshop is a unique opportunity for community of all ages to connect to country with Aunty Tania and her riverside yarns, sharing local Nyangbal Culture of the Ballina Shire.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 15 April 10.30am to 1pm at Missingham Park, Ballina, near the skate park. Bookings are essential to secure your place.

Find out more at Northern Rivers Community Gallery, in Cherry Street Ballina.

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