Tuesday, October 12, 2010

100th Blog Giveaway - Bilum

A bilum is a string bag made by hand in Papua New Guinea, using a string looping technique. Traditionally, the string used was hand-made, from plant material – the bark of a plant called “lepa”. Now, however, most bilums are made from store bought brightly coloured yarn and many contemporary patterns have become popular, even those generated by computer.

Bilums are used to carry a wide range of items, from shopping goods in large bilums to personal items in purse-sized varieties. Mothers often carry their babies in bilums, and the bilum is said to be “womb-like” and associated with security and reassurance for a baby. In the past, bilums were used to carry food home after gardening or hunting. Bilums were also used to decorate an area where a dead person would be laid for viewing. Another really important and significant use of bilums was as contributions to the payment of the bride price. Bilums remain as a prized gift to exchange with friends or visitors.

As I have recently returned from Papua New Guinea, I am very happy to offer a bilum and a wooden wall hanging depicting the national symbol, Bird of Paradise as a special giveaway to celebrate my 100th blog post. Both of these artifacts ( pictured) are handmade by friends who live in Mando, a village in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. All you need to do to be eligible for this unique gift is to leave a comment with your contact details. I will draw a name next Tuesday, 19 October, noon Australian Eastern Summer Time.

I will be participating this weekend in the Hunter Homeless Sleep Out and am seeking sponsors, with all funds raised to support the Hunter Homeless Connect Day – a day of acknowledgement and support for the homeless and marginalized in our own local community. Please read all about it and donate online if you would like to support this community event – here is the link.   Hunter Homeless Sleep Out


  1. What a beautiful giveaway . I wold love to win this. I am Baukje, a Dutch woman who lives in France. On my blog is also a giveaway, you are welcome.


  2. I would love to be entered in your giveaway draw. I've never been to Papua New Guinea, maybe some day...

  3. It looks magicallll. I would love to be included.

    Hope you had a fabulous journey.

    I have a giveaway on to CHECK out my blog.



  4. Hi Wilma,

    I just wanted to write to say hi and thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of PNG on your blog. I gain such inspiration from nature and culture and your photos are truly that - inspiring! I also visited your etsy store and found your beaded creations amazing!
    I'd love to be included in your competition please.
    Should you like to swing by the Daisy & Mister blog I too have a competition on at present that you may be interested in:

    All the best with you etsy store, I wish you every sucess.

    Daisy & Mister

  5. that wall hanging is great! please enter me :)
    (and I'll tweet for you as well)

    e: rawmettle {at} yahoo dot com dot au

  6. Those are fabulous prizes, Wilma! You do some amazing work over there.

  7. What a great giveaway!
    Please count me in

  8. Absolutely a great idea, authentic design, great colours and for many different purposes. Count me in, it would be a huge pleasure to have in my possession one of these glorious and glamorous bags.


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