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Indigenous dialysis patients help sew 1,000 skirts for outback women in the Kimberley

Date posted: 14 November 2017

A group of Indigenous dialysis patients who have been sewing skirts for remote community women during their treatments have completed their 1,000th garment.

Mary Nellie is more than 400km from home and is one of a dozen women who contributed to making the 1,000th skirt.

She is staying in Broome for dialysis treatment, far from friends and family in Fitzroy Crossing.

The monthly Bigirl Skirts gatherings gives Ms Nellie, and other women receiving dialysis, a social event to look forward to.

'It's something to do. I like sewing and hanging out with these ladies,' she said.

Four Broome women started the Bigirl Skirts project in 2012 after noticing a demand for skirts for larger women in remote communities.

Their 1,000th skirt is a significant feat considering they only sew for a few hours once a month, co-founder Solange Rousset said.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 14 November 2017
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