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Necessity: Waggas and the Art of Making-Do

July 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am February 13, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

The National Wool Museum is custodian to Australia’s largest and most significant collection of heritage quilts and waggas.
A selection of these pieces, along with objects that tell the stories of making do, will be on display for the first time in 25 years during the exhibition, Necessity: waggas and the art of making do.

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Entry Fees vary, please check website for details here.

Exhibition entry is included in the price of main entry to the museum.

National Wool Museum

26 Moorabool Street
Geelong, 3220 Australia
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Taking inspiration from the wagga, the exhibition presents a range of creations borne of necessity and making do. These additional objects include a wool fragment recovered from the 1797 Sydney Cove
shipwreck, a maid’s dress from 1840, two rare Jimmy Possum chairs, contraband objects from the Geelong Gaol and even an upcycled cardboard sleeping bag.
A wagga is a quilt made of necessity. Born in the desperate times of the 1890s to the 1930s, the wagga is a uniquely Australian creation that embodies the practice of making do. They were made from the recycled materials that were available to people at the
time – for travellers on the land it might have been flour or wheat bags, for a family it might have been old clothing stitched together.

As contemporary community quilting projects show, the art of making do is still with us and continues to thrive today. Necessity is an ode to the beauty that emerges in desperate times – the extraordinary human capacity of making do.

Retail Therapy

Indulge yourself with a visit to the National Wool Museum Shop for the highest quality woollen garments and speciality gifts. We know that shopping local and shopping ethical isn’t always easy, which is why our store champions local and Australian makers and
creators, stocking brands like Umi, Toorallie and Seesaw.
We stock an impressive range of beanies, gloves, scarves and clothing including merino wool and possum fur from across Australia and New Zealand. You’re sure to find the perfect gift with our unique range of woollen goods, souvenirs and giftware, sourced from around Australia.

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