Updated on: 28th Sep 2020
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Set of: 8

Bilum bag

Bilum bag Attribution ShareAlike CC BY-SA-3.0SourceQueensland Museum

Bilum bag

Bilum bag 2

Bilum bag 2 Attribution ShareAlike CC BY-SA-3.0SourceRichard Ames

A bilum string bag from Papua New Guinea

Bilum bag 3

Bilum bag 3 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 2.0SourceHella Delicious

Bilum bag 3

Bilum bag 4

Bilum bag 4 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 2.0SourceHella Delicious

Bilum bag 4

String bag (bilum)

String bag (bilum) CCO 1.0 - Public DomainSourceHiart

String bag (bilum) from Papua New Guinea

Bilums ‘Solomon Islands’

Bilums ‘Solomon Islands’ Attribution CC BY 2.0SourceDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Bilums (Traditional bags from PNG) hang for sale from a tree in Honiara. Front of image is a bag that reads ‘Solomon Islands’ with a price tag.

Bilum bags

Bilum bags Attribution ShareAlike CC BY-SA-3.0SourceWolfgang Sauber

Bilum bags

Bilum art

Bilum art Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 2.0SourceKahunapule Michael Johnson

Bilum art

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A bilum is a type of bag from Papua New Guinea. Bilums are made to be very strong and flexible, and can expand to many times their size, depending on what the bilum is holding.

This bilum is from Goroka, in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It is made from ‘bush rope’, twisted together in a series of loops.

Bilums are very popular for everyday use in Papua New Guinea. Some bilums are made of ‘bush rope’ and cuscus fur. (A cuscus is a marsupial, and looks similar to a possum.) Other bilums are made of wool and feature brightly coloured designs and patterns. Some women carry their bilum with the strap across their forehead and the bag slung down their back. This method keeps their back straight and their hands free to do other things. Some people use their bilum to hold babies, with the bag hung from a tree branch, swinging in the breeze. Bilums make good beds for babies.