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Weaving - Fish Trap

The Koori Heritage Trust recently conducted a community development activity to train interested people in the techniques required to produce a traditional fish trap.

A number of sessions were conducted and the trap was completed at home after many hours of twisting and twirling the flax. Each stem of the flax grass was stripped into 1-2 mm wide strips and used to sculpt the trap. The most difficult part of process was to maintain a constant long cylinder diameter and produce the lip of the trap. Never the less I was happy with the final result and have started weaving another trap. Unfortunately my flax plant is not producing its leaves fast enough so things are currently at a standstill while nature does it's business and produces more leaves.