In 2006 the Museum of the Riverina displayed its collection of domestic wagga rugs, alongside this contemporary version made by Anna Drago. Anna kindly donated her wagga to the Museum's permanent collection that same year.
Made from off-cuts of woollen suiting fabrics, this contemporary wagga design reflects the busyness of the corporate world.
Anna's contemporary version of a wagga made using tailor's offcuts contrasts beautifully with the two domestic waggas in our collection which are made using tailor's samples.
Contemporary design based on a traditional utilitarian wagga rug. Made from tailors offcuts. Multi-coloured front, showing manufacturers labels. Grey backing and navy blue binding. Calico rod pocket attached across top back section. Name, title and date hand embroidered in black thread at bottom right hand corner of rug front. Name of maker and title of rug printed on calico square and attached to back of rug. Hand and machine stitched. Plain and pieced sections have been included.
Anna Drago's artist's statement and full photograph of quilt courtesy of 'Down Under Quilts: Australia's 1st Patchwork and Quilting Magazine', Issue 100, 2006.