My grandfather traded ininti seeds in the 1960’s and they have always been a part of my life. My turn to trade seeds emerged when I wanted to help a friend sell the ininti seeds she had collected out bush. The seeds are used for making jewellery and decorations. Once we started selling them online, we found that people wanted us to pierce and perpare the seeds so that they could create their own designs. So began our mini-business.
The next development occurred when the pandemic hit – suddenly local women, who relied on the income to support their families, could no longer sell necklaces and jewellery to the local tourist shops. So we tried selling more items online – we started with two indigneous artist; Doreen Driffen who makes beautiful jewellery and Lexi Ward who carves creatures and sells them to raise money to look after dogs at her community. The response has been good, so we are now talking to another young indigenous designer about including her work.
All the ininti seeds are collected by indigenous women in Central Australia, as are most of the Quandong seeds. Our focus is on opening up a creative marketplace for local Australian artisans, both indigenous and non-indigenous. Our group is small and we are working together. Our prices reflect the amount of hard work and time which is invested into collecting, cleaning, creating, promoting and despatching each product.