Named for its members’ community in South Sudan, Twich Women’s Sewing Collective was formed in 2011. In 2012, recognising the potential for the group to serve as a place for South Sudanese women to not only gather and connect, but to develop marketable skills, Abuk Bol steered the collective to become a sewing business.

In their studio, the women make clothes, crafts, and do alterations. In addition to this hands-on creating, the collective provides accredited training in sewing skills. Familiar with the isolation common to the experience of refugees trying to find their feet in an unfamiliar country, Abuk – who arrived in Australia in 2004 – has fostered a safe, warm and welcoming environment for women from many different backgrounds.

Twich Women’s Sewing Collective is a place for women to come together, create and work at their own pace, and proudly promote South Sudanese culture.