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.
Sepik Bilum is sourced from along the banks of the longest river in Papua New Guinea.
Bilum from the Sepik are distinct in their weave and style; fibre is sourced from surrounding vegetation including the sisal and pandanus plant, 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 use.
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.
This bag measures 30 cm wide x 30 cm high and the strap measures 467cm high, it also comes with a mustard wool tassel and pom.