Repatriating the Sunshine Coast (Kabi Kabi) Dilly Bag Weaving Style.

Kate Greenwood worked as a Research Assistant for Mimburi Upper Mary Aboriginal Association (MUMAA) in their fibre culture project. Due to Aboriginal removals of local Sunshine Coast Kabi Kabi people, onto missions and reserves such as Cherbourg, local Kabi Kabi woman were not allowed to practice their cultural traditions such as weaving. The President of MUMAA, Aunty Beverly Hand wished to revive the Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) dilly bag weaving. With the assistance of two grants from Sunshine Coast Council, two projects were set up. The first was to research what museums local dilly bags were taken to and housed at, and the second was to bring two Aboriginal expert weavers down from far North Queensland to teach Kabi Kabi women and other community members how to do the Sunshine Coast dilly bag style. Kabi Kabi women are now practising their weaving styles on Country.


Kabi Kabi woman, Bianca Bond and her mother, Aunty Beverly Hand selecting the dilly bag style to weave at University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.


Community day at Mimburi Upper Mary Aboriginal Association where people learnt the Sunshine Coast (Kabi Kabi) weaving style.