HAND PAINTED BOAB NUTS A HIT

At the Marnin Studio, in the central Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing, boab nuts are being transformed into carefully crafted festive decorations by local women.

Each day, women from the surrounding Aboriginal communities gather for a cuppa, a chat and to create beautiful objects.

The boab nuts are a modern twist on an ancient art form with Indigenous men from the area having painted the distinctive hollow nuts for thousands of years.

A boab business model

Back in Fitzroy Crossing, Marnin Studio director Brooke Small said the social enterprise program was going from strength to strength.

"It's really beautiful to watch the ladies go through that process, to see them grow as they watch their products travel around the globe," she said.

"It builds pride, it builds confidence, and it builds worthiness... Read more

Naomi Rossdeutscher

Studio StartUp, 143 Barrack Street, Perth, WA, 6000