String bags from Papua New Guinea with Florence Kamel
Bilum, or string bags, made by a hand-looping technique are one of the most commonly used and worn objects in Papua New Guinea. They are made from a wide range of materials including plant fibres and acrylic and wool yarn. The various styles, patterns, colours and materials of traditional bilum point to the area where they were made.
Florence Kamel is the managing director of Jaukae Bilum Products and works with a co-operative of women in Papua New Guinea to produce original works of bilum. In this demonstration she shows techniques and explains the lore of bilum, with the assistance of fellow weaver Nancy Aole.
Image: Florence Kamel. Photo: Ruth Choulai