Weaving Armour with Kaetaeta Watson, Lizzy Leckie and Chris Charteris


15 April 11:00am to 1:00pm

Kaetaeta Watson, Lizzy Leckie and Chris Charteris will lead this weaving workshop, which will allow participants to explore Kiribati weaving techniques, that are used in the production of coconut fibre armour from Kiribati. Participants will be able to make a small piece of weaving to take home. Kaetaeta Watson is an I-Kiribati master weaver and artist. She was born on one of Kiribati’s atoll’s Tabiteuea. As a little girl she watched her mother, grandmother and other female relatives weave virtually all the things they needed around the house. Lizzy Leckie is a weaver from Aotearoa New Zealand who helps run Tungaru: The Kiribati Project. She achieved a Diploma in Weaving, and studied with Maori weavers 1985-2000. In 2012 she travelled to Kiribati and was honoured to be taught by Kiribati weavers. She has also worked with the Kiribati community in New Zealand assisting them to make dance costumes. Chris Charteris is an New Zealand based jeweller, sculptor and artist whose work takes inspiration from his I-Kiribati, Fijian and English heritage. He is passionate about making new innovative work, evolving art forms that reflect the present yet are deeply rooted within past traditions. His work can be found in a number of private and public collections including the British Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge. All three artists have collaboratively produced a new Kiribati suit of armour for MAA.

Materials will be supplied, but please feel free to bring any kinds of string, cord or rope to add a personal touch to your weaving. Please wear old clothes.

Booking required. Please reserve your place for the session here.


Suitable for ages 12 +.

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