Pawmosha was founded by Paw Kyi Pai and Mu Moo to reenergise the practice of traditional Karen hand-weaving in Bendigo.
Using a traditional backstrap floor loom, the group creates wraps, bags, and scarves, as well as Karen clothing. They also host regular workshops with both the Karen and broader communities to teach these skills and to pass on this important traditional knowledge on to the next generation.
Pawmosha Weavers have exhibited at Dudley House and the La Trobe University Art Institute. They have also hosted workshops at the Karen Language School, Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Easter Festival. You can find their wares at the Cultural Exchange Beehive in Bendigo.
Wed 11 Aug 2021 - Sat 30 Jul 2022
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.