Each Bilem is one of a kind and this listing is for the Bilem pictured in the first shot
Woven baskets and bags such as these hand woven Bilem bags from Papua New Guinea provide us with a link to the natural world and a connection to a more natural lifestyle.
Come the weekend when I want to simplify my look - and my life, I reach for my Bilum. I take out my wallet and keys from my leather bag and place them into this precious woven bag. I wear my Bilem slung diagonal across my body and it hangs so comfortably close to my side, as though it's part of me. It always feels so natural and primal wearing this bag.
I'll take mine to the local greengrocers to pick up fruit and vegetables for the weekend, and I’ll also take it to the beach, as the woven fibres make it a very practical beach bag for beach combing, as the sand falls straight through the tight weave. The great thing about this particular Bilem is that this style expands the more you place into it.
I have longed to be able to offer these precious bags in the shop and have just recently sourced a handful of these one of a kind authentic woven pieces.
Bush twine is used to weave this Bilem. The twine is made using the traditional technique of hand rolling plant fibres into twine over the knee and dyed using natural pigments made from plants and ochres.
The patterns are inspired by the surrounding environment, lineage and life of the weaver.
Available exclusively in my online shop.
Hand woven in Papua New Guinea using natural fibres and dyes
42cm wide x 38cm high x 36cm strap
If you know about these natural handwoven bags, you’ll know how precious they are.
We ship worldwide. If you are unhappy with your purchase please return within 7 days, unused, in original packaging.