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Make "going green" even more colorful with these nature-friendly Aboriginal dilly bags! Reuse the bag to carry goods wherever you go!
The Aborigines are native inhabitants of Australia. Dilly bags are woven satchels that the Aborigines used to collect food like berries and fish. Ask students if they can think of anything in our culture that we use in a similar way?
Dilly bags are made by hand from strings of grass, bark, or other natural fibers, and then dyed with bright patterns of color! Students find examples of traditional Aboriginal dilly bags. What colors are commonly used? What patterns can be recognized?
Students design a dilly bag of your own with an Aboriginal-inspired pattern! Plan out the pattern on paper with colored pencils or crayons. When you’re satisfied with the design, recreate it on a large, blank tote bag using Crayola Fabric Markers. For best results, use 100% cotton fabric. Place a piece of paper underneath the drawing area to prevent bleed through. Draw the design, making sure to saturate the cloth. When finished, have an adult iron your the design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.
Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
Be creative! Cover with patterns and vivid colors!
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