Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Waltja staff supported a group of older people in Laramba to go on a bush near their community. We were looking for ininti seeds from the bat wing coral tree. The group had reported that there was a “big mob of ininti seeds”.

We stopped near a dry riverbed and just as promised the ininti trees in that area were full of seeds. We all got out with a bucket or plastic bag and quickly started collecting them.

There were so many seeds that it took no time to fill our containers. We also had kangaroo tail and a cup of tea for lunch sitting around a fire. The ininti seeds were separated by colour and taken back to Laramba to make into jewellery. Some were also ready to sell to the art centre in Yuendumu. Waltja is a proud supporter of local people in remote and very remote communities participating in local and traditional economies.

Eco jewellery is created by Aboriginal women throughout Central Australia using seeds and pods from native plants and trees. The women gather these and use a hot wire from the fire (as shown in the photo below) to pierce holes in them, ready to thread together on elastic or string.

Waltja sells ininti seeds, necklaces and bracelets online. Visit Waltja’s online store at www.waltja.org.au/artstore.

There are so many beautiful hand-painted necklaces and bracelets to choose from. If you prefer to make your own jewellery we also sell bags of seeds of different colours and different types of gumnuts.