Real vs Fake: Are You Buying Authentic, Indigenous Art?

According to an article in GoodWeekend magazine from the Sydney Morning Herald, the market is currently flooded with mass-produced, Indonesian products masquerading as Indigenous Australian art.

"In tourist shops around the country, visitors are far more likely to buy a boomerang made in Bali than one made here by Indigenous Australians."


"Roughly 80 per cent of all so-called Aboriginal souvenirs we examine in six Surfers Paradise stores that day turns out to be of Indonesian or Chinese origin. Sampling in other parts of the country shows the pattern is nationwide, and that the trade in these...