Behind each bag is a woman with a story to tell. 

Rosa Hofman is married with 4 children and lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. She has been weaving for 12 years and is passionate and grateful to bilum and what it brings to her life.

Nancy Fike lives in Asarefa in Goroka. She adores weaving the Kundu Drum and Skin Pik, particularly in blue and brown. Nancy is a sweet woman, petite in stature and has a gentle presence. She uses the money she earns from weaving bilum to support her children’s education.

Elsa Kavin lives with her family in the Bena Bena Valley in Goroka. Her mother taught her how to weave from a young age. Elsa especially likes the Snake pattern and the colour purple. She is the sole income earner in her family and takes care of 6 people.

Salome Park is married with 5 children. Her eldest has started to weave after school. Salome sells her bilum in the markets as well as weaves whenever she can. She uses the money she earns from bilum to pay for school fees, uniforms, food and house supplies.

Sekavu Sino has 4 young children. She is responsible for all duties in her home and weaves in her spare time. Sekavu loves bright colours and the Spider pattern.

Saiyope Kufia has been weaving bilum for 30 years. She is married and has 3 children. Through bilum Saiyope is able to financially support her husband and family.

Jenny Kido has been weaving for 20 years. She lives with her husband and son in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. She weaves whenever she can with her favourite design being the Spring pattern in blue and black.

Susan Delfin has been weaving for 30 years. She is a senior leader in the community and is a mentor to the younger weavers. She uses money she earns from bilum for food, house supplies and school fees. She is also saving for the bride price for her son.

Natasha Jack has been weaving for 5 years. She is married with one daughter. Natasha is the sole income earner in her family and uses the money she earns from bilum for her child and house needs.

Wago Segi is married with 1 young son. She was born in Okapa and now lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. Her favourite design is the Mountain as it reminds her of home. Wago uses the money she earns from bilum for school fees, food and clothes.

Aloma Joel is married and has 3 children going to school. She lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. Aloma’s mother taught her the Kundu design which is still her favourite. She uses the money she earns from bilum for food and school fees.

Tama Jackson is married with 1 son. She didn’t go to school and started weaving at a young age. Tama is a successful weaver and is using the money she earns from bilum to build a more permanent house.

Junia Morae is married and has 3 children. She lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. Junia is self taught and has been weaving for 7 years. She spends the money she earns from bilum on clothes and food and is saving to buy roofing iron for her house.

Pauline Ariva was born in Rabaul though now lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. She is a well educated woman with amazing English. Pauline was taught by her in laws to weave 19 years ago and has been making beautiful bilum since. She is the sole income earner for the family.

Kessia Masiva is married and has 2 young children. She lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. Kessia learnt to weave bilum from her mother 20 years ago. She loves the Kundu design and neutral colours. From the money she earns from bilum, Kessia buys food, clothes and fulfils her customary obligations.

Ruth Mark lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. She has had 6 children, 2 of whom are married, 3 at school and 1 who has passed away. Ruth didn’t go to school and learnt to weave as a child from her mother. She has used the money she earns from bilum to build a house, buy a TV and fix her teeth.

Fami Segi lives in Fanuifa but was born in Okapi. She is married and has had 6 children. Wago didn’t attend school and learnt to weave bilum when she was married. She uses the money she earns from bilum to pay for school fees, food and to look after her husband.

Salita Mark is divorced and has a 5 year old child. She was born in Goroka and now lives in Fanuifa. She lives with her father who helps her roll fibres for bilum. From the money Salita earns from bilum she has built her home, looks after her child and is saving for electricity.

Rosie Matthews is married and has 2 young boys. She is the sole income earner for her household. Rosie uses money she earns from bilum to pay for school fees, uniforms and to look after her husband. She loves reggae colours and the Half Diamond and Skin Pig designs.

Lina Singu is a successful bilum weaver and matriarch to her clan. She is from the Sepik River and has one son who has completed his university in engineering. From the income she earns from bilum Lina has bought land and built a house with electricity. She is a highly creative weaver and wants to open an arts and crafts shop.

Elisa Foke is divorced, has 4 children and is the sole income earner in her family. She was born in Goroka and lives with her brother and his family in Fanuifa. She loves the Step Ladder design and neutral colour combinations. Elisa is saving up for glasses.

Sally Mark is married with a baby. She was born in Goroka and lives in Fanuifa with her husband and extended family. She learnt to weave bilum from her mother last year and weaves every day. From the income she earns from bilum Sally buys things for her baby, including clothes and supplies.

Lucy Rueben is married and has 4 adopted children. She lives in Fanuifa, a small village in Goroka. She loves the Kundu design and blue, pink, black and yellow are her favourite colours to weave with. Through the income she earns from bilum, Lucy supports her children and is saving for power in her house.

Paula Visihu was born in Kami Village though now calls Fanuifa home. She is well educated and her mother taught her to weave bilum when she was young. Paula loves to use lots of colour in her bilum and has recently been weaving dresses using bilum weaving techniques.

Nancy Aole has been weaving for 41 years. She has 4 children and her husband passed away recently. She uses the money she earns from bilum for school fees, to build her home and to help other widows. Nancy weaves every day and night and is thankful that bilum has allowed her to send all of her kids to university.

Pongro Raymond is married and has 3 kids. She loves weaving using natural fibre and the Star design. From the income she earns from bilum she supports her kids and feeds her family. She is saving to start a trade store that sells rice, tinned fish and other food.

Helen Waranduo is married with 2 children and lives in Yangaroo in the East Sepik Provence. She is well educated and went to university in Perth. She is saving to pay the bride price for her sons.