This one-of-a-kind Natural Bilum by not-for-profit brand Among Equals was lovingly woven by artisan weaver Rosa Hofman in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka, Papua New Guinea.
The natural fibres are sourced from surrounding vegetation including the Sisal and Pandanus plants, laboriously beaten, twisted into string and then woven. Weavers expertly utilise natural dyes made from plants, ochres and berries to enhance their patterns
This bag has a small size body and short strap length.
Each pattern weaves a story of the life of the artisan.
Meet the Weaver:
This Bilum was lovingly woven by artisan weaver Rosa Hofman, 47, lives with her husband and four children in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. She has an infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humour, she is very much a luminous spirit within her community. Rosa’s favourite pattern is the Skin Pig, a vibrant optical design.
Due to the natural fibres used, exposure to water and harsh sunlight may cause damage.
To clean bag, hang in direct sunlight for a couple of hours.
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About The Brand
Among Equals was founded by textile designer, Caroline Sherman, in 2015 after she fell in love with the craft of Bilum bags, which were on display at an annual Pacific Trade and Invests show in Sydney.
In 2015, Caroline made her first trip to Papua New Guinea to immerse in the weavers' world and view their annual Bilum Festival held in Goroka. During her travels, she met women from different regions and the idea for the Among Equals endeavour was cemented. Today, the brand works with communities across Papua New Guinea, including the Goroka, Mount Hagen, Telefomin and Madang regions, and is proud to count more than 600 weavers in its fold.
Through its trade of Bilum, Among Equals is dedicated to improving the communities' well-being, including funding and construction of Blue Haus, a safe shelter for the weavers to come together, learn and weave.