Record amount of bilum sold as the Goroka Bilum Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary.

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“When we engage with fibre we are creating something, but we also participate in the historic traditions of tens of thousands of years. We are not only making art for our soul and for future generations, we are weaving the work of our ancestors.”

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For a second year, PTI Australia has hosted a Pacific delegation at Sydney’s International Jewellery Fair to shine a spotlight on the Pacific’s unique aesthetic and the high-end jewellers working in the Pacific Islands.

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Building a pathway for the Pacific Islands’ informal ‘artistic’ economies and the artisans behind them into a viable export-ready product isn’t easy, when Vogue Living sit’s down for a chat you know you are on the right track.

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Employment opportunities on the small island state of Nauru are limited. Agnes Mata Denuga always loved fashion and jewellery, and saw the potential to use Nauru’s natural resource, phosphate, to create a range of jewellery.

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‘The worlds of these women are complex, often violent and insecure. Through an ongoing relationship with these communities my aim is to provide them with sustainable incomes and to help ensure bilum remains a viable art form for future generations,’ says Caroline Sherman, Founder, Among Equals.

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Pacific Trade Invest Australia has partnered with Real Impact to revolutionise how the artisan skills of the Pacific Islands is brought into the Australian market. Launched in Melbourne, the Considered by Real collection pilot was met with great success.

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