Bilums from Papua New Guinea

Welcome to our store of Bilums, which supports women weaving and living in remote areas of PNG.

Nu4U has partnered with Maula PNG as their Australian connection to help provide greater exposure for these amazing craftswomen.


What is a Bilum?

The bilum is a traditional, hand woven bag which incorporates a range of different weaves and patterns.

Woven using a twisting or looping technique, bilums have a range of functions, both traditionally and currently.

Having spiritual or symbolic significance, the intricate and unique patterns of a bilum also record events, stories or provenance.

Made from natural fibers such as sisal, hemp, or pandanus leaves, bilums have more recently been made from wool.

How can I use a Bilum?

Designed and made to have multiple uses, these string bags, make themselves a must have item.

Used traditionally, the bilum can:

  • Carry food and / or goods by slinging the woven handle over the head.
  • Act as a carry bag or hammock for babies.
  • Form part of cultural rituals
  • Function in tribal exchanges

Used currently, the bilum can:

  • Act as a shoulder bag due to its long, woven handle.
  • Replace the handbag as a fashion accessory
  • Carry groceries, replace a plastic bag and also be easily roll or folded away.