Gunbaliny (Oyster Catcher) earrings
Nagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) is a Not for Profit incorporated body with a membership of 120 Indigenous women and is governed by 7 Yawuru women Directors.
Yawuru Jarndu first started operating in 1987 when it was established as an Indigenous women’s resource centre by Yawuru women, with the aim of recording oral history and preserving Yawuru language and culture.
The organisation evolved into an arts and textiles business, offering training in screen printing and dressmaking, producing fabrics for clothing and home wares, designed and made by local Indigenous artists. A retail outlet was established in 1998 called Nagula Jarndu Designs which proved a successful venture.
Now, with a more focused and strategic view towards social enterprise and a more self-sustainable business model, the organisation has given Aboriginal women the opportunity to produce distinctive hand crafted textiles and textile products with motifs and colours sourced from the unique Broome landscape. The women are supported to engage with the broader Aboriginal Arts community and participate in valuable opportunities including the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Revealed (Perth), and many other exhibitions both in regional areas and capital cities throughout Australia.
Nagula Jarndu once again has a full time workshop and shop front, from which the artists work producing textiles and handicrafts. The Nagula Jarndu shop front is an attraction for tourists and visitors who seek locally made unique Indigenous textiles, arts and crafts.
Specialising in textiles, every piece of work is an original, and there is something to meet everyone’s budget. High end designs on quality base fabrics, linens, silks and cottons for the textile lovers, and many other original pieces for delightful gifts. The artists are always happy to have visitors, so make it a priority, when in Broome, to come to Nagula Jarndu studios and meet the women working and enjoy the beautiful fabrics they are producing.