The Boab Tree is unique to the Kimberly region of Australia and remains synonymous with the mood and soul and power of the Australian landscape.
These ancient trees are regarded by Indigenous people as cherished individuals with unique personalities.
The iconic Boab Tree is a natural sanctuary with an ancient reputation for enhancing life (some specimens have been carbon dated at 1500 years old). The Boab has provided life-saving water, shelter, food and medicine for centuries.
The Boab tree was an important food source for the indigenous peoples. All parts of the tree - nuts, seeds and roots are edible. Perhaps more importantly in the hot, dry areas of Australia where water is scare, the Boab, due to its water storage capacity was a real life saver for the desert nomads. A mature Boab tree can reputedly hold 100,000 litres of water in its soft fibrous trunk.
Unusually for the Kimberley, the Boab tree is deciduous with stark leafless branches during the 'dry' season and stunning flowers and brilliant green foliage during the 'wet'. This gave rise to another nickname – the 'calendar' tree probably from white settlers of Gaelic origin, as seasonal changes could be tracked according to the growth pattern.
Indigenous people utilized all parts of the Boab. The seeds and bark were harvested for medicinal and nutritional purposes. The seeds have anti-bacterial properties and yield diet-enriching calcium and Vitamin C. The bark was used to treat fever. Modern science has demonstrated it has properties similar to Quinine, an effective and life-saving anti-malarial agent.
Rope, baskets, mats and nets were made from the fibrous inner bark of the Boab. A red dye, obtained from the tree roots was used in traditional artworks. The seed pods were used for storage or carved for ceremonial purposes.
The Boab Tree Onesie
The Baby Boab Onesie is a pullover, made with 100% organic bamboo cotton and professionally screen printed.
To maintain the quality of the design, machine wash with cold or warm water on the gentle cycle using a mild detergent. Tumble dry low or dry in the sun with love.
Please note, the Boab Onesie is designed as a pullover, with access via the collar. The organic bamboo cotton allows enough stretch to make it an easy item to pull on and off your little one.
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