Museum of the Riverina Wagga 27/6 –1/9/08 Cowra Regional Art Gallery 13/9 – 19/10/08 Temora Rural Museum 30/10 – 9/1/09 Coo-ee Heritage Centre Gilgandra 5/2 – 26/2/09 Parliament House Sydney 7/7 – 30/7/09 Dungog CWA Rooms 12/9 –13/9/09
WRAP is a group of the Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc
What is a Wagga?
A wagga originally referred to a covering made by roughly sewing together wool packs or wheat or corn sacks. This was usually done by men. Later the term referred to bed coverings made from materials at hand such as pieces of old clothing, tailors’ wool samples, curtains etc. Often these had a middle layer of blankets or old clothes. These were usually made by women and are now referred to as domestic waggas.
How did the wagga get its name?
It is most likely that the term ‘wagga’ derives from the town of Wagga Wagga. Possibly the markings on wheat sacks or flour bags from the Murrumbidgee Flour Mill is the source.
a group of women banded together to research the history of waggas - a make do blanket or quilt synomous with the depression era in Australia but known before this time. We hope to collect as much oral hisory as we can, locate and document waggas held in family memory or still in existance. We aim to publish this information. In the course of our journey we will adapt what we learn and make our own version of waggas reflecting our times...and have heaps of fun doing this.