Doolamai Designs shares dreamtime stories
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Doolamai Designs' Cara and Domi. Image: supplied
October is Indigenous Business Month — an opportunity to celebrate achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, families and individuals in business.
Aboriginal-owned art business Doolamai Designs is among South West Queensland businesses determined to survive and thrive beyond COVID-19.
Doolamai Designs is proudly operated by father-daughter duo Domi and Cara, who have more than 30 years of local family connection to the Toowoomba area.
53-year-old Kalkadoon artist Domi handpaints all of the artwork, while Cara, 30, manages business operations including social media, marketing and administration.
With local support, Doolamai Designs opened in 2019 as a space to showcase authentic Aboriginal art.
This year, the business expanded its range of products including paintings, homewares, jewellery, didgeridoos and digital prints to launch its first apparel range in July.
Domi Doolamai’s artwork also adorns the entire interior of a carriage at Toowoomba's Downs Steam Tourist Railway and Museum and was projected across the Empire Theatre during this year’s National Reconciliation Week.
“My family is proudly carrying the legacy of our Kalkadoon ancestors and humbled by the network of local entrepreneurs, customers and like-minded individuals who support our passion to celebrate the strength, knowledge and legacy of Aboriginal culture through art,” Domi said.
“Aboriginal art is among the oldest forms of cultural expression in the world, dating back more than sixty thousand years, and I welcome all people to join this Dreamtime journey with me through my art. 'Marangu Goochu' which translates to 'come walk with me on this journey, my sister and my brother',” he said.
The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) supports Indigenous Business Month as an opportunity to shine a light on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses across Queensland.
This year’s theme is Invigorate, Build, Maintain: Keeping Our Sector Strong. It’s a practical call to action, acknowledging that businesses across all sectors have experienced challenging times in 2020, and that we all have a role to play in keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses strong.
Learn more about Indigenous Business Month at www.indigenousbusinessmonth.com.au
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