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Tree of Life: Toombul

Address: Shop 67 Westfield Shopping Centre, Toombul, QLD, 4012
Phone number: (07) 3266....



About Us

A long time ago [early 1968] in a world that now seems a long way away, John and Wendy Borthwick set out from Sydney to hitch hike on the overland route [hippie trail] to India. They had a back pack each, two flimsy air mattresses and a few hundred dollars. They believed that luck would lead the way.

Up the east coast of Australia, across to Alice Springs and then in a container truck carrying paddlepops to Darwin. A light plane ride to East Timor, by jeep across the mountains to Dili [or Kupang?] and then by boat and fishing junk to Singapore. Up through Malaya sleeping on the floor of Thai Buddhist monasteries to Bangkok. A hop by Thai Airways via Rangoon to the teeming, steaming oven of humanity that was Calcutta. Naked, emaciated beggars, lepers with no noses, huge Brahmin bulls wandering the city was a rude awakening for our two young travellers.

But it was the beginning of a life long love affair with India. Several months and many hair raising adventures later, they found themselves back in Australia where someone told them about Meher Baba, at that time still living in India. Which they had just left.

In early 1969, now firm believers in Meher Baba, they joined in a partnership to begin a handcrafts store in Edgecliffe, Sydney called Meher Handcrafts. John set about making fringed leather mocassins, belts and sandals while Wendy sewed calico dresses and strung beads. Here they sold their first Lucknowy kurta shirt, a garment which is still going strong in Tree of Life today.

Their journey continued through babies and business with the many ups and downs and detours and roundabouts which life brings. John and Wendy began their own wholesale business 'White Cloud' in 1979.

Things were changing. But the business was always firmly based in India and its enchanting, colourful handcrafts and romantic, comfortable clothing.

In the early 90's, the first Tree of Life store opened its doors in Balmain, Sydney. The idea was to appeal to the Bohemian spirit regardless of age, size, gender, religion etc. Gradually, the number of stores has increased. With the help of a wonderful team, the concept and design of the stores has evolved and been refined. But the product heartland remains India and its ancient tradition of decorative arts and crafts. And the clothing is always meant to reflect romance, to encourage freedom of expression and to provide comfort and self confidence.

Hence the name Tree of Life...a Tree to provide inspiration and beauty for one and all.


Our Products include:
- Clothing
- Accessories
- Homewares
- Treasures
- Jeweleries

Coupons, Bargains, Freebies and Sales

Save lots from clothing to homeware deals: Vintage Kimono now $49 - was $70, Net Petticoat Dress now $42 - was $85, plus more. Conditions apply.

Click their "Sale" tab and see some clothing and accessories on sale: Aztec Jacket Small now $35 - was $50, Pachali Poncho Long now $25 - was $50, plus more. Offer is good while stocks last.

Click their "Sale" tab and see some clothing and accessories on sale: Charm Necklace now $13 - 50% off, Bella Maxi Dress now $40 - 50% off, plus more. Offer is good while stocks last.

Bed sheets are for bed but if you want to feel it wrapped around you while you're in a party, you might want to try wearing this Handpainted Wrap Skirt now more than 50% off - only $10 with free delivery. Offer is good while stocks last.

Express what you love with the Childrens I Heart Trees T-shirt now only $25 - that's $10 off. And it's delivered free. Offer is good while stocks last.

Aladdin, the magic lamp, the genie, and Princess Jasmine get forgotten right after we step on to high school. Bring back the memories of Aladdin and the gang with the Satin Ali Baba Pants now $5 cheaper and is delivered free, too. Offer is good while stocks last.

Express what you love with the Childrens I Heart Trees T-shirt now only $25 - that's $10 off. And it's delivered free. Offer is good while stocks last.

The Jerry Jumpsuit is like a cross of a hippie dancing dress and an anti-bridal gown. Now, it's at 33% off, down to $50 with free delivery. Offer is good while stocks last.

Bring back the psychedelic times minus the acid with this tie dyed Maya Harem Kid's Pants now $15 less with free delivery. Offer is good while stocks last.

Go to their homepage and you'll see the advertisement about this sale. You might want to check this out and see jewellery deals like Amber Bracelet now $160 - was $295, Lapis Ring now $56 - was $70, and more. Offer runs for a limited time only.

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