• Artwork:Ininti Seed Necklace
  • Artist:Kakula McDonald
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Ininti Seed Necklaceby Kakula McDonald

This beautiful necklace measures 38cm in length and is comprised of Ininti Seeds and Quongdong pods. 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. The seeds and pods are gathered for necklace making. 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. The seeds come in a range of colours including deep reds, oranges and creams. The fire is used constantly throughout the process of making jewellery, a sharpened wire is placed in the fire until it is red hot. Once hot the wire is used to poke holes through the seeds. Jewellery such as necklaces are also an extremely important component in Australian Aboriginal culture. 

  • Artist:Kakula McDonald
  • Title:Ininti Seed Necklace
  • ID:KMC005
  • Medium:Ininti Seeds
  • Size:0 x 38 cm
  • Region:Papunya, Central Australia


Kakula McDonald comes from Papunya Community in Central Australia. She is a young Luritja woman who paints with Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists Studio’s, and has since about 2002. Kakula paints Red Tailed Black Cockatoos and she will often incorporate them into lancscapes depicting her home community of Papunya. Kakula also makes handcrafted jewellery with seed and nut shells that have been collected around Central Australia.

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