BKE Aboriginal Collection - 'Bilma' Clapping Sticks

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Welcome to the beautiful collaboration between local Gumbaynggirr Artist Bernard Kelly Edwards and Julie - owner and designer behind Let Them Play Toys.

Bernard Kelly Edwards x Let Them Play Toys is an Indigenous collection, designed to reflect the beautiful symbiotic relationship found within Mother Nature and to connect young minds to the Aboriginal Culture through play.

Each piece is hand-made and sustainably handcrafted from nature alongside local Indigenous Artist Bernard Kelly Edwards on Gumbaynggir country in NSW Australia.


Australian Aboriginal Clap Sticks are a traditional instrument that Australian Aboriginal people use during ceremonies. These ceremonies are called ‘Corroborees’.

Corroborees are a time to sing songs, dance and to celebrate. The clap sticks consist of two sticks crafted from various woods which are usually decorated with symbols, colours and designs symbolising a clan or tribe.

The clap sticks are played by striking one against the other to provide particular rhythms. Clap sticks can be heard in accompany with a Yadiki, (didgeridoo) in corroborees being played by the Yadiki musicians. The clap sticks can be played by men, women and children. Clap sticks can also be used as a digging stick when searching for food and water.

These Clapsticks are crafted within the Let Them Play Toys studio on Gumbaynggir land, alongside the teachings of local Gumbaynggirr Artist Bernard Kelly Edwards.  They use the beautiful Australian hardwood Tasmanian Oak and seal the Clapsticks with a natural oil.

Note: please allow up to 4 weeks for order processing as these items are hand made