- Buy local, buy authentic
Thinking of making a trip to your local shopping centre to buy a gift? Why not seek out Indigenous businesses to support our local economies first. Ensure products are authentically made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. If in doubt enquire or ask a friend. Buying a boomerang made in Indonesia is not only harmful to genuine Indigenous businesses, but to our culture. It's crucial more than ever to source authentically made products. If in doubt suss it out!
Why buy handmade?
So much of what we consume today is mass-produced in large factories or by machines. Some products are even made under questionable ethical conditions which result in human exploitation and cheaper price points. Handmade ensures you are buying products that are not only sustainable but made with time and love…. and by a real deadly person!
Found a product you love? Why not share this love with the world! Post online, tag your friends, leave a rating or a brochure at a common gathering spot. The more people know about Indigenous business the more our businesses grow. Plus sharing love and positivity is free!
Buying handmade allows culture to stay live
Cultural skills and knowledge is essential to First Nations people identity and well-being. Our cultures have been impacted immensely over the past 200 years, so buying handmade allows artisans to continue ancient cultural expression and pass on knowledge in meaning ways.
Products are tools for social change
Buying Indigenous products is a small but huge way to celebrate our culture or highlight important issues! Some products are great conversations starters which can challenge misconceptions or even learn more about an Aboriginal language. Our products are useful tools for education, celebration and change.