Bilum

Production date
2014-2015
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
N C D
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Description
Netted bag (bilum) woven from coloured string with fringe. Design of PNG flag with text reading 'God Bless PNG. Our Country.'
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
Production place
Measurements
L. 630 mm, W. 410 mm
Media/Materials description
Dyed string
History and use
Bilums are a type of bag popular throughout Papua New Guinea, where they are used to carry everything from personal effects to market produce and even babies.

Bilums are made using a technique of looping and twisting string to create a durable, flexible netted bag. Traditionally bilums were made from natural plant fibres or animal fur, but today they are more commonly constructed from brightly coloured commercial twine.

This example was made for sale to tourists and features the design of the Papua New Guinea National flag alongside the text- ‘GOD BLESS PNG. OUR COUNTRY.’
Registration number
E40785

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