THE importation of most shell ornaments and jewellery from Asian countries such as Malaysia and Bali has prompted the Ba Women's Forum to start a Mother of Pearls project.
Forum president Dr Maria Doton said a group of women was undergoing training in Ba to make jewellery with local products so that imports would no longer be necessary.
"We have the equipment from Australia and the women have made a lot of progress with regards to this program," she said.
"It is a good chance for the women to learn first-hand then pass on those skills to women living in coastal areas where shells are found in abundance."
Dr Doton said the project was beneficial to women and it gave them a chance to create employment opportunities for themselves.
"The Mother of Pearls project is in co-ordination with Adelaide University, USP, Ba Town Council and Ba Women's Forum," she said.