Bags and Bilum

Here I present a stunning selection of bags. Primarily their use is as betel nut bags used by men to carry their parahenalia however, more and more school children are making use of them to carry their scant exercise book and pencil. All 3 weaving techniques are present in this collection, some old, many new, all authentically woven on a simple back-strap loom.
Bapak Yerminas has come to visit me over the last couple of years, proudly presenting a happy array of the typically small bilum that the Timorese use to carry water bottles and pineapples as well as other produce to and from the market. He hand-rolls then knots the string for each one. You will note a few plainer older ones here too.
Copyright Julie Emery 22/02/2022©