Steps Design

  • The Steps pattern is inspired by a woman's daily journey up the mountain steps. Everyday she comes down the steps to collect water and the things that she needs to sustain her family. She carries them back up to her house on the mountain side, sometimes walking alone and sometimes with friends. They share stories and laugh, bringing joy to a task that would otherwise be hard.
  • This Bilum is handwoven from acrylic and wool yarn as well as upcycled knitwear using traditional weaving techniques.
  • Large size body and short strap length.
  • Adornments sold separately.

    46cm wide
    42cm high
    72cm strap

    Our mission is to empower the weavers of Papua New Guinea by generating life-changing income for marginalised women living in underprivileged settlements in Port Moresby. Each Bilum takes around 6 weeks to weave by hand and communicates life stories through pattern and colour. The Mountain Design, for example, tells the story of a young girl’s arduous journey to sell her Bilum.

    From the proceeds, the weavers are able to support their families and pay for crucial services, such as a school bus which connects students from remote regions to daily learning. Among equals is a not-for-profit brand merging art, fashion and community with the ancient practice of Bilum weaving. Together we celebrate the weavers craft and the idea that ethical fashion can be founded in time-honoured techniques and sustainable processes.

    Read more about The Weavers. 

    To clean bag, remove pom pom and tassel, cold machine wash and line dry.

    * Adornments sold separately

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