Handwoven natural basket with handmade flower embellishments on white background
Model posing on rocks with bilum and bilas Kalea Basket Bucket bilum
Handwoven natural bag with handmade flower details on white background.

Kalea Basket

Regular price$389.00 AUD
Tax included.

Carry a piece of functional art that oozes contemporary sophistication rooted in traditional Papua New Guinean craftwomanship.
The Kalea basket reimagines the traditional woven Sepik bucket bilum, embellishing it with handwoven natural fibre ‘flowers’. Flower embellishments are made traditionally in bright colours in East Sepik to decorate baskets and we have embraced their beauty in a minimal aesthetic to create the Kalea basket. A statement piece to put a spring in your step and turn heads wherever you go.
  • Handcrafted by female artisans in PNG
  • Hand foraged natural fibres
  • Ancient weaving techniques passed down through generations of women
  • Preserves traditional skills
  • Short double leather strap handles

  • Base diameter approx 160mm 

  • Height from strap is approx 400mm 

  • Width of bag is approx 350mm
  • Each bilum is unique and measurements may vary

  • Natural fibre is called mungus in local language - the bark of a tree - hand foraged and processed

  • Handwoven by artisans in PNG

  • Comes in Bilum & Bilas dust bag

  • Social enterprise authenticity certificate included

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.


  • 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 info@bilumandbilas.com 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 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.


  • 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 info@bilumandbilas.com


Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
James Wicks

I purchased the bag for my girlfriend for her birthday in October. She absolutely loved it. Such a great company to deal with. Super friendly and fast shipping !! Could not recommend enough !!