Record amount of bilum sold as the Goroka Bilum Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
Ten years in the making - the bag that empowers communities
“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.”
Country Profile - Papua New Guinea
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.
Pacific Success - Bilum, opening the door to international markets
‘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.