Black line pattern natural fibre string bilum on etched white background.
Flat lay of black line pattern natural fibre string bilum.

Keram Bilum 07-23-17

Regular price $229.00 AUD Sale price$183.20 AUD Save $45.80 AUD
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Tax included.

Create a style with purpose and depth and accessorise with a piece of functional art. This authentic natural fibre bilum hails from the remote village of Keram in Papua New Guinea and supports women weavers earn a living from their traditional knowledge and skills.


Created with the same time-honoured techniques and process passed down by women through the centuries, this piece will deeply connect you to a vibrant, immutable culture and heritage still strong today.
  • Handcrafted by female artisans in PNG
  • Hand foraged natural fibres
  • Ancient weaving techniques passed down through generations of women
  • Preserves traditional skills
  • Depth of bag 29cm

  • Width 42cm

  • Each Bilum is unique and measurements are approximate

  • Tulip Tree Fibre - Organic hand foraged and processed

  • All natural/organic dye

  • Handwoven by Female artisans in Keram Village, East Sepik Province

  • Traded by Gloria George on behalf of her relatives in Keram Village
  • Comes in a Bilum & Bilas dust bag

  • Social enterprise and provenance certificate included


IMPORTANT

Dyes used in this piece may not be colour fast. Please be very careful against light coloured clothes and fabrics. Protect your bilum from getting wet.

Due to the handmade process used to create your piece, imperfections can occur adding to the charm of your piece. Some natural softening and colour change may occur over time.

For further information on how to care for your bilum piece please go to Care.


We keep stock of our popular items and order fulfilment usually takes one week. 

Occasionally a piece may need to be made to order. If this is the case with your order, you will be advised within a day. This will usually only add an additional week to our standard order fulfilment period of one week plus shipping. If you require an item urgently, please email info@bilumandbilas.com prior to placing your order to confirm the lead time.

SHIPPING WITHIN AUSTRALIA

  • We ship orders using Australia Post.
  • For Australian orders, customers are given the option of standard or express shipping at checkout.
  • Standard Shipping - $10 AUD (1-5 business days from dispatch)
  • Express shipping - $14 AUD (1-2 business days from dispatch)
  • Once your order has been dispatched (standard order fulfilment is one week from placing your order), you will receive an email confirming shipment and tracking details. 

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING (*Excluding PNG)

  • All International orders are sent via Auspost International Express at a flat rate of $35 AUD.
  • Depending on your location, International shipments arrive in approximately 2-10 business days from dispatch date.
  • A signature upon delivery is required.
  • Shipping to the following locations is also currently unavailable due to postal restrictions – Korea, Algeria, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Syria and Russia.
  • Please note that Australia Post uses National postal services at the destination country. If you prefer a door to door courier option please email info@bilumandbilas.com to discuss options

*SHIPPING WITIHN PNG

  • We currently only offer ‘collect in person’ for online orders within PNG. Collections can be made from our studio in Port Moresby. Please select 'collect in person' at checkout and email info@bilumandbilas.com to arrange a suitable time for collection. 
  • Domestic shipping within PNG via Fedex PNG can be arranged directly with our studio. Please email info@bilumandbilas.com to get a quote and arrange shipping.

INTERNATIONAL TAXES & DUTIES

  • Please be aware that if you are purchasing online from outside of PNG or Australia, you may be charged customs duties and taxes. These duties and taxes are not included in the price of the goods and are not included in the overall shipping cost. 
  • Bilum & Bilas is not responsible for any duties and taxes which may be applied by customs in the country where delivery is made. The responsibility for any custom duties, foreign taxes or other fees which may be imposed rest with the customer. 
  • Bilum & Bilas are legally required to declare the full dollar value paid on the international shipments and must include an invoice for customs should they require it. 
  • We do not refund shipping costs for customers that reject their packages upon arrival for failure to pay duty fees.
  • For further information, we recommend contacting your local customs office.

 

 

CARING FOR YOUR BILUM

Due to the handmade process and traditional natural fibres used in each of our pieces, imperfections are normal and natural softening and colour change may occur overtime.

  • Keep your bilum dry 
  • Store your piece in a sealed box away from direct sunlight and humidity
  • Take care if wearing jewellery with your bilum as fibres can easily catch
  • Avoid contact with make-up, sunscreen, lotions, perfumes or hairspray
  • Avoid contact with pale colour clothes as dyes used in your piece may not be colour fast
  • Tassel embellishments may become ruffled during use. Gently brush out the tassels to smooth them down

For any further information or advice on how best to care for your piece please contact our team via info@bilumandbilas.com