Natural Skin Pik Bilum
Natural Skin Pik Bilum
Natural Skin Pik Bilum
Natural Skin Pik Bilum
Natural Skin Pik Bilum
Natural Skin Pik Bilum
Natural Skin Pik Bilum
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Natural Skin Pik Bilum

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BILUMS PURCHASED BETWEEN 4TH & 21ST APRIL WILL NOT BE SHIPPED UNTIL 22ND APRIL 2024

This is a donated bilum.

Supporting Female Bilum Weavers

The craft of bilum weaving has been passed down to Papua New Guinean women from their mothers and grandmothers across generations. Traditional natural bilums hold great cultural significance and often take weeks to make.

Making a Natural Bilum

After gathering local plants and trees, the weaver removes the bark from the stem of the plant, and beats it until it is completely flat. She then waits for the bark to dry before separating it into thin, loose strips - ready to be spun into fibrous threads. The weaver then places one strip of bark on her thigh and rolls it backwards and forwards against her leg. A long, flexible strand (called 'bush rop') is formed. After washing the thread, it is ready to be woven into a bilum.

The Skin Pik Bilum

The Skin Pik design is a symbol of strength and resilience.

It tells the story of many financially and socially disadvantaged women in PNG. When there is a celebration in the village, these women are left only small fatty squares of pig skin to eat at the end of the meal. The square Skin Pik design represents these squares of pig skin, and has been woven into bilums as a way of reclaiming this significant cultural symbol. Skin Pik bilums serve as a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience women have shown in the face of gender and social inequality.

Skin Pik bilums are traditionally woven by women in Goroka.

Our Cause

Since opening in 2014, Femili PNG has provided over 6,100 survivors of family and sexual violence with access to safe accommodation, law and justice interventions, medical assistance, vocational support, and more. All bilum sales go directly towards supporting Femili PNG's life-changing services.

Product Details

  • Source: Donated
  • Condition: Okay (several holes and fading colours)
  • Material: Natural 
  • Design: Colourful skin pik design with orange cotton handle
  • Size: 78cm (W) x 33cm (H)