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Papua New Guinean Bilum Bag

90.00 AUD

I almost didn’t pass a single man, woman or child in Papua New Guinea, where I travelled on assignment to cover the annual Rabaul Mask Festival, who wasn’t carrying a bilum bag.
Handmade using a technique similar to crocheting, the string bags are used to carry everything from groceries to babies, and are often worn slung across the foreheads of New Guinean women.
I was so impressed by the stunning array of colours and patterns the bags came in, and fell in love with their rustic beauty and versatility. I will forever regret buying only two, one of which I’m now offering up to someone else who loves bilums as much as I do. 

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Condition: Vintage, in great condition
Material: Woven and knotted string, handcrafted in Papua New Guinea
Size: 70cm long, 45cm wide when stretched

** Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.


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