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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Indigenous...

I often mention in this blog the term 'indigenous colours' when referring to certain knitted items that members of Knitting for Brisbane's Needy provide for distribution. But not all readers would know what I'm referring to. Australians who are referred to as Indigenous Australians, are Aboriginals, the people who had populated the country before it became a British colony in 1788. ( to be correct, the east coast of the country had been claimed as British territory in 1770 by Cook)

I won't go into all the details here in this post, but these indigenous Aussies were to suffer greatly from this colonisation. Then in the early 1970s a flag was designed specifically as the icon to represent the indigenous community. Over the years it has come to mean a great deal to them. Read about the history and meaning of the 3 colours in this flag here.


  K4BN can just never get enough items in these colours to hand out... rugs, beanies, jumpers, scarves, gloves...all get snapped up very quickly! Often, agencies involved in helping indigenous clients 'put in orders'  for items to Karen which she endeavours to fill. For the next few months the group has a challenge going to build up supplies of items in indigenous colours...all ready for when the cooler/cold weather comes. Last Tuesday at the Zillmere K&N, one of the members brought in a bag of items that she has been making for this challenge. The items are gorgeous !! Here's some photos of Pat's work...

Football shaped toy...

Aren't these elephants cute?

More toys; Blogger insists that this photo is on its side...

Some lovely beanies...


One blue teddy...

One cute red and white teddy with a tartan bow...
Now for a while I've been crocheting 15 row squares in indigenous colours...but I have only been working on them every now and then. Last weekend I had finished crocheting a deep border around the edge but still had neatening off of the 'ends' to do. So I took a photo on Monday...



On Tuesday, at the Zillmere K&N I finally finished weaving in the last of the ends...and at the urging of the other members there, I took some more photos. It was then suggested that I be in one of the photos...but to wrap myself in the throw, just like the recipients usually do when they receive these items. So that's how this photo came about...:-)


7 comments:

Nurdan Kanber said...

Hello Maria,
You have done marvelous stuff with those colours! Everything looks so cute and lovely!

Wish a happy Easter to you and your family!
Greet,ngs

Dorothy said...

Those colours look great together don't they? You make an excellent model Maria.

Marilyn said...

That is a wonderful throw - someone will be very happy to receive it. Gorgeous other items also.

Paul Forster said...

What wonderful elephants and they are beautifully dressed! Love the colours of the blanket!

Marit Johanne said...

So much wonderful work! And I am sure the crocheted blanket will warm the one who gets it!

Dixie Tunnicliff said...

Hello, just found your blog through Paul's blog and I really like these items you made. The colours work really well together.

Dixie - http:/deviceceramics.blogspot.co.nz

Global Kids Oz said...

I agree the colours are amazing. You are very talented. I love your elephants, they are gorgeous.