Nagula Jarndu Designs

3/12 Gregory Street Broome WA 6725
Local Businesses

Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday

Nag­u­la Jarn­du Designs dis­play a stun­ning range of authen­tic Abo­rig­i­nal designed tex­tiles and products.

Nag­u­la Jarn­du Wom­en’s Art & Resource Centre 

Yawu­ru Jarn­du Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion – trad­ing as Nag­u­la Jarn­du (Salt­wa­ter Woman) is a Not for Prof­it incor­po­rat­ed body with a mem­ber­ship of 70 Indige­nous women and is gov­erned by 8 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 focussed 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), Tar­nan­thi Art Fair (Ade­laide) and many oth­er exhi­bi­tions both in region­al areas and cap­i­tal cities through­out Australia.

Nag­u­la Jarn­du has a full time work­shop and shopfront, from which the artists work pro­duc­ing tex­tiles and hand­i­crafts. The Nag­u­la Jarn­du shopfront 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.

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