Australian Aboriginal Use of Spinifex Resin Technology

Spinifex resin is a thermoplastic bio-molecule used extensively throughout Australia by Aboriginal people. In addition to its more common use as an adhesive for repair and hafting purposes, spinifex resin is also used as cladding in shelter construction and it can be shaped into objects and ornaments. While the processing and use of the spinifex resin by Aboriginal people is falling, scientific interest in the resin is growing among university academics and industry groups due to the unique physical and chemical properties of the resin.