WEFTshop Project

WEFTshop

The work of WEFTshop brings together refugee and migrant artisans from Burma, a team of volunteers in Sydney, and hundreds of enthusiastic supporters and customers in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Burma. Its all part of a process that lets ideas unfold and bring traditional skills and contemporary design together. The shared vision is for hundreds of artisans to build livelihoods beyond essential needs, develop the skills to preserve their techniques, train others, and celebrate the art and beauty of textiles with people around the world.
WEFTshop is one of the international programs that has been supported by the Rotary Club of Maroubra for several years. With a combination of donations and support from the Club and District and Rotary Matching Grants Weftshop has been able to further develop its work with women artisans in the Thai/Burma border refugee camps and in nearby border settlements and villages. This year they have been able to:

  • implement a six part training program with the first train-the-trainer workshops that bring together Lahu and Karin artisan groups
  • pay the lead artisans a supplement for their teaching and skill development role in training other artisans
  • develop with the artisans new designs and products.

WEFTshop is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Have a look on their website