Wacky Weaving

Local craftsmen in Sénégal often use weaving to create their wares which they then sell in artisinal villages. Inspired by this, Diapalante explored weaving and complementary colours in a maker-day lesson.

To start off with, each person chose a square sheet to act as the base colour. We folded this in half and cut vertical slits in it. Next we flattened out the paper and cut up colourful strips to begin weaving. The every other strip started on one side of the base paper and the alternate on the other side. This was important because it made the weave tighter so it wouldn’t fall out.

The end result was impressive despite being relatively simple to create. We concluded that using the complementary colours worked but was not always neccessary to create an interesting final outcome.

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