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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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is Australia’s nearest neighbour, separated by just five kilometres across the Torres Strait. Politically independent since 1975, PNG is one of the most diverse countries in the world – geographically, biologically, culturally and linguistically – with over 800 indigenous languages.
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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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