Pink and green patterned large bilum hanging
Close up on opening of pink and green patterned bilum.
Flat lay of pink and green patterned natural fibre bilum.
Corner close up on pink and green patterned natural fibre bilum.
Umboldi Bilum 131215
Umboldi Bilum 131215

Umboldi Bilum 131215

Regular price$369.00 AUD
Tax included.

A work of functional art and beauty to add depth and meaning to your style. This authentic bilum bag originates from Umboldi Village on the Rai Coast of Madang Province in Papua New Guinea. Created with the same time-honoured techniques and process used through the centuries, this piece will deeply connect you to a profound and unfaltering cultural heritage.

Meticulously handcrafted from the natural fibre of the Tulip Tree native to the region, the accents and patterns within the bilum are representations of clan and are passed down from one generation of women to the next.
  • 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 47cm

  • Height of strap 29cm

  • Width 68cm

  • Each Bilum is unique and designed to stretch so measurements are approximate
  • Tulip Tree Fibre - Organic hand foraged and processed

  • All natural/organic dye

  • Handwoven by Female artisans in Umboldi Village, Madang Province

  • Traded by Michelle Alok on behalf of her relatives in Umboldi Village

  • Comes in a Bilum & Bilas dust bag

  • Social enterprise and provenance certificate included


Dyes used in this piece may not be colour fast. Please be 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. 

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 prior to placing your order to confirm the lead time.


  • 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. 


  • 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 to discuss options


  • 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 to arrange a suitable time for collection. 
  • Domestic shipping within PNG via Fedex PNG can be arranged directly with our studio. Please email to get a quote and arrange shipping.


  • 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.




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