Aboriginal Ininti Seed and Gumnut Necklace by Annie Nelson Napangardi
Title: Aboriginal Ininti Seed and Gumnut Necklace
Medium: Seeds and nuts
Size: 68 cm
Artist: Annie Nelson Napangardi
Jewellery such as necklaces are also an extremely important component in Australian Aboriginal culture. Annie Nelson Napangardi with help from her husband Rodney Cook collected gumnuts and ininti seeds from her country of Ti Tree in central Australia.
The production of necklaces is a seasonal occupation which is mainly carried out by the women in a community. In the desert regions of Australia seed production and development are dependent on sufficient rainfalls. Women and children gather seeds and pods for necklace making while searching for bush tucker using their traditional knowledge. Ininti is a native tree that grows in the Western Desert of central Australia.The ininti tree thrives in sandy areas close to creeks and dry river beds. It is an interesting tree that has moustache shaped leaves. The seeds come in a range of colours including deep reds, oranges and creams .The fire is used constantly throughout this process. The sharpened wire is placed in the fire until it is red hot.Once hot, the wire is used to make grooves in the wood. This is done by dragging the wire across the edge of the wood several times in the same position. A hole in the wood to cradle the ininti seeds is made by stabbing the wood with the hot wire and moving it around in a circular motion.
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