Fiji Time: 10:38 AM on Wednesday 10 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Refresher art classes for 60

Shayal Devi
Monday, January 27, 2014

SIXTY women from Nadi and Lautoka learnt quiltmaking and patchwork designing as part of efforts to refresh their creative skills.

They achieved this through a two-week workshop held in Martintar, Nadi, by Australians Frances Piquemal and Denise Lynn.

Ms Piquemal said she had arrived in the country two years ago to teach similar forms of handicraft items to women in Taveuni.

"What the women were doing in the past two weeks is they were making patterns and designs on used fabrics and bags," she said.

"Initially we had planned for 20 women but as we got closer to the workshop we had our 60 participants.

"It has been very humbling for us."

The two will be returning to Sydney today and Ms Piquemal said one of the most encouraging moments for the women had been localising the products they create so that the women had their own identity.

"I will be returning to Australia with a greater knowledge of some of the forms of art here like basket weaving. It's been a cross-cultural learning experience."

The oldest participant at the workshop was 78-year-old Fauorou Akata of Rotuma.

"I mostly did crafts before and made hand baskets and fans," she said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65340.6344
JPY 54.824451.8244
GBP 0.32510.3171
EUR 0.41720.4052
NZD 0.71680.6838
AUD 0.67000.6450
USD 0.47310.4561

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 10th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 3 MPs are out
  2. Out with traditional attire
  3. Sydney 7s thriller
  4. Natuva: Russian arms worth $19m
  5. Sevens change
  6. Bid to help young mum
  7. $59k wage arrears
  8. Fostering a free media
  9. Mend differences, minister tells FTUC, FICTU
  10. Farmers contemplate alternative livelihoods

Top Stories this Week

  1. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen Tuesday (09 Feb)
  2. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  3. Fiji picks up the pieces Thursday (04 Feb)
  4. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  5. No tattoo on rape suspect Thursday (04 Feb)
  6. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment Monday (08 Feb)
  7. Ryan: Sunshine ahead Tuesday (09 Feb)
  8. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)
  9. Investigation as nurse falls with baby Tuesday (09 Feb)
  10. The origin of Fiji's sevens series Monday (08 Feb)