Ten Canoes DVD

DVD Extras contains a small documentary on fibre arts.
I’d recommend the film – I enjoyed it a lot! While checking out the Special Features – Mini Documentaries made by the local aboriginal teens in the area where the film was set, I found Arnhem Weaving. This was a short and unconventional documentary showing the method of collecting, processing, spinning and then weaving the fibre.

The fibres sourced were from the bark of a tree which was cut down. The bark was stripped off the tree, beaten and left out to dry. Once enough was collected, the spinning began. I have not seen any aboriginal people spinning before and was astounded when I saw a woman spin and ply two singles simultaneously. With one swift roll of the fibres down her leg she put the twist into two singles that she was holding parallel. The upward stroke back up her thigh plied the two strands together. Stopping frequently she deftly added fibres to create a length of string that was then woven into what seemed to be a small lap cover – I didn’t catch exactly what it was.
Dolly Dolly another of the documentaries was also an interesting look at how girls were taught from an early age how to breast feed.
If you are interested in seeing the film and or special features you may need to look for the DVD in the Foreign section – that’s where it was in our local Civic Video store.
Anthea Payne

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