Among Equals is a Not-For-Profit that exists to bring the timeless beauty of Bilum to the global fashion market. So that women weavers in PNG can earn a sustainable income to support their families and communities, and continue this remarkable art form for generations.
Bilum from the Eastern highlands are distinct in their use of colour; fibre is sourced from surrounding vegetation including the Sisal Plant and Tulip Tree, laboriously beaten and processed into string and then woven. Weavers expertly utilise natural dyes from plants ochres and berries to tell rich stories through the pattern and colour they choose.
The traditional knowledge used to make this bilum is handed down through the generations, most learning from a young age the art of bilum. Each bilum can take up to 6 weeks to make.
Each piece is completely unique and has been created using natural materials.
This bag measures 39 cm wide x 34 cm high and the strap measures 45 cm high, it also comes with a smokey blue rafia tassel and pom.