Bilum and Bilas

Betty Basket Bilum


Our focus is creating beautiful products in an ethical way, whilst creating meaningful jobs. Our collaborative approach builds a channel for PNG artisans with traditional skills to access and participate in the creative arts industry and the global value chain.

Handcrafted by our team of artisans in Papua New Guinea using traditional processes and weaving techniques. The basket is created completely by hand starting with processing local ‘rmungus’ tree bark into fibres, through to twisting the fibre strands into string and finally weaving the string into beautiful patterns. Each individual basket honours and celebrates the traditional techniques, knowledge and skill involved in Papua New Guinean bilum weaving.

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This beautiful piece features our beloved signature style bucket bilum styled as a “handbag” basket with natural eco-friendly handcrafted cane handles.


Due to the handmade process and traditional fibres used to create your piece, imperfections are normal and add to the charm of your piece. Some natural softening and colour change may occur over time. For further information about how to care for your bilum piece please go to Care.



• Store your piece in a sealed box away from direct sunlight and humidity

• Take great 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




• Clean the metal of your piece with a soft dry cloth after every wear

• Store your piece in a sealed box away from direct sunlight and humidity

• Remove when showering, swimming or exercising

• 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 colourfast

• For sterling silver pieces – clean with a soft silver polish cloth carefully avoiding the natural fibres within the piece

Additional information

Weight .500 kg
Country of Origin

Papua New Guinea


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Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Bilum and Bilas
  • Vendor: Jessica Cassell
  • Address: 11 Ocean View Road
    Freshwater New South Wales 2096
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$225.00 + $1.50 Tree Donation

Your Impact

Bilum & Bilas is a PNG-based social enterprise that supports female artisans to develop a wider market for their crafts and improve their livelihoods.


Many women in Papua New Guinea try to earn supplementary income to support their families by selling their traditional crafts such as bilas and bilums, but market access is limited to unpredictable local sales, making it hard to earn enough income to survive.

Ever since arriving in Madang, Papua New Guinea in 2008,  Jessica Cassell, Founder and Creative Director of Bilum & Bilas, has been passionate about bilums and the creativity, skill and knowledge that goes into the craft. Knowing the international demand for sustainable, natural products like bilums, yet observing the daily struggles of female artisans became the catalyst in her addressing market access. In 2014 Bilum & Bilas was started as an online bilum store focused on linking artisanal products to international buyers in an effort to generate better income for bilum weavers and artisans.

Over time, our small team discovered the complexities, expense and instability of the craft and bilum supply chain. The intricate craftsmanship, traditional processing and labour that goes into creating a bilum is what makes them so unique, but it also means they are challenging to produce at a scale that provides the artisans with a stable and equitable income.


Working closely together we developed a solution and the Bilum & Bilas accessory was born.

Our designs are inspired by the beauty and essence of the bilum, and retain the traditional weaving techniques and natural fibres, yet in microform. Creating intricate representations of bilum technique, streamlines the making process, enabling our small team to optimise production and create stable jobs for Papua New Guinean women with these unique skills.

Our approach enables us to employ female artisans to design, develop and handcraft collections providing guaranteed income and a safe and secure work environment. Artisans receive training in fashion trends and international quality standards, supporting them to produce more competitive designs to build a sustainable business.