Raffia Basket Weaving Workshop

3 hours 1 to 10 label $125

In this hands on workshop you will learn a coil weaving technique using Raffia sourced from Madagascar. Raffia has been used in weaving for centuries throughout Europe and Africa, mixed with other fibres like wool, jute, cotton. When weaving with fibre, texture and colour amazing things are made, which are completely unique to the weaver.

During my travels throughout Europe, Asia and Japan, it became obvious how so many cultures developed their own weaving techniques derived from necessity and woven from nature. The woven items bonded people together, the makers, the hunters, gathers and fishers. Possibly where the phrase the "The fibre of our existence" came from.

I am always amazed at the different styles and shapes, colour and textures created in this class and you will be too.

Whether it be with a group of friends, sisters, a corporate event, team builder, or an open invitation workshop, this workshop is a wonderful way to bring out your creativity and generosity.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge Required

Perfect for beginners.

What you'll get

The all materials required to make a small bowl in the workshop and to make another at home.

What to bring

Everything supplied included refreshments and cheese platter

Suitable for

This class is popular for individuals and couples as well as for a hens party, baby shower, birthday, special occasion, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


Balmain East, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Heather Hunt
Heather Hunt

5.0 (4)

Heather opened her Studio East Village Art House, located in leafy Balmain East initially to continue teaching art to adults and school children after school and during school holidays. She had been teaching as an early childhood educator and decided on a change incorporating the best part of her day, teaching art.

Now, she has decided to extend the workshops on offer to adults as well, with a wealth of talent in textile art as well Art workshops. She extended her interest and knowledge when she and her family set up home in Tokyo for five years where she learnt ceramics, Satchiko, Boro embroidery and Sumie ( ink painting) and she makes her own ink from charcoal and gold leaf. Her studio is bright and welcoming located in the front of the family home.


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Verified reviews

• Sep 2019

Lovely few hours learning to weave. The time flew by and Heather was a great host and teacher. Very clear instructions and I feel I will be able to complete the project on my own with the materials provided.

• Aug 2019

This class was definitely worth it, I walked away feeling quiet confident in being able to continue working on my own projects at home. Heather was very helpful and patient and could easily answer any questions that I had. I will be recommending East Village Art House to everyone I know!

Weaving workshop review by Despina

• Aug 2019

Wonderful class! Heather is lovely and welcomed us into her studio for a fun afternoon. It was really easy to pick up and I’m so pleased with the end product. Heather had lots of tips and techniques for how to make different baskets. All the materials were provided - which was great because I wouldn’t have known the right kind of raffia to buy or any of the extras, and we got sent home with a goody bag with enough materials to make several more baskets. Heather walked us through how to prepare and dye raffia using natural materials too. I really enjoyed this class - highly recommend!

Raffia Basket Weaving Workshop review by

• Aug 2019

Heather was very patient and friendly.

I loved that all the materials for the class were provided and I took home enough raffia, needle and even scissors to do a few more on my own. Heather explained how she made all the colours.

The group was nice and small allowing for extra help and lots of chatting. We hope to catch up for another class soon!

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