Diversitat produces, develops and supports locally produced arts activities within diverse communities and then presents their hand made products to mainstream audiences in an innovative, exciting, and contemporary way.
Classes are based on hand crafting products adopting the more tactile methods of making art and craft, utilising recycled materials It really is all about art and craft that satisfies the soul; a wonderful space where individuals can make a connection with other likeminded and creative people.
We gratefully accept donations of Fabric, Sewing machines, Wool, Beads and Buttons. Any items related to sewing, knitting, crochet and beading are always welcome.
A big thank you to the Geelong community for their valued contribution to the success of our Craft Circle and Stitch sewing programs.
Donations can be left at the Diversitat Head Office, 153 Pakington St. Geelong West, or contact them on 5221 6044.
Short Courses – Term 1, 2017
Karen and Karenni Weavers
The Karen and Karenni people originate from the eastern border region of Myanmar (formerly Burma). They are members of ethnic groups which have been suffering discrimination by the Myanmar government since 1949 including forced labour, forced relocation, the burning of villages and the suppression of their language and culture. Many have had no choice but to flee persecution across the border to refugee camps in Thailand.
A small group of Karen and Karenni women, known as the ‘Pi Pi’ group, the grandmothers, are keeping their weaving tradition alive here in Geelong.
Through the support of Diversitat, weaving cotton has been sourced from Thailand and backstrap looms and equipment have been made for the group with the assistance of the Geelong Men’s shed.
Items such as traditional bags, scarves and wraps can be purchased through Diversitat Arts. We often attend local markets and a small range of products can be found on sale at Wholefoods.