Training manual for making and selling shell jewellery and macramé

Date released
19 November 2019
Publication Code

Nittya Simard


This manual was compiled to be a reference to be used in shell-based handicraft skills workshops in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. It was produced as part of an ACIAR-supported project focused on developing pearl industry-based livelihoods in the western Pacific region. The manual is designed as a companion to community shell-based handicraft training and is likely to find broad application within the Pacific region. The manual provides the essentials of making shell-based jewellery and macramé, including:

  • design, tools, findings and components
  • the art of macramé, including how to make knots and other techniques
  • guidance on marketing and sales, pricing, and bookkeeping.