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Nipa, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Plaited cane bag
Other titles:
Billum bag, carried by old men
Woven cane bag
Aenkiya nuw (Cane-bamboo bag)
Haeriya nuw (Cane-bamboo bag)
Tog nuw (Peeled-off bag)
Place of origin
NipaSouthern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Woala (Wola) people
collected 1969
Media category
Mixed media
Materials used
plaited cane, looped plant fibre string strap and side seams

57.0 x 24.2 x 3.8 cm overall, including strap:

0 - Whole; 33 x 24.2 x 3.8 cm; plaited bag, without strap

0 - Whole; 54 cm; looped string strap

0 - Whole; 7.5 cm; looped string strap

Purchased 1977
Accession number
© Wola people, under the endorsement of PIMA's 'Code of Ethics'
Not on display
Bibliography (1)

Paul Sillitoe, Made in Niugini: Technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, 'Woven cane bag', pg. 260-262, London, 1988, 260-262, 292 (illus.). Detailed description of the construction of a Wola woven cane bag. NOTE: photographs on pg. 292 are of a typical woven cane bag, although not of as fine a quality as 254.1977