Thursday, March 10, 2011

Balba Simbiken will be conducting a BILUM workshop

 Image taken from tribaloutpost

Dear All

Balba Simbiken will be conducting a BILUM workshop at Strathnairn on Saturday 21st May from 10am to 4pm.
Some materials will be supplied but please bring along any materials with which you would like to experiment.

Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

The cost will be $50 which must be paid by 26th April.  There is a limit of 20 people so places will be allotted on a first come basis. 

Payment (cheques or money orders) should be sent to Wendy Dodd, 36 Girrahween Street, BRADDON 2612.
Enquiries before 26th April can be emailed to me wendydodd (at)  or phone 02 62473210.
Enquiries after 26th April can be sent to Nancy Tingey nancytingey (at)
Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested

Wendy Dodd

Information supplied by  Balba Simbiken

"In some of our culture back in Papua New Guinea, we girls start training how to make bilum as young as 8 to 9 years.  We have different styles of making bilums. I started making bilum when I was 9 years old.  These two regions in Papua New Guinea are popular in making bilum.  They are Highlands and Momase regions.  I will bring along different types of bilums to display during the workshop.  It is our culture that, we must know how to make bilums.

We used bilums to puy babies in and carry them, to put garden food in, for marketing and shopping and more.  Ladies cannot walk around without a bilum back in our village."  Balba Simbiken

 PNG Bilum on display at 2009 Goroka Bilum Festival

Images used for inspiration and are not supplied by Balba Simbiken or Wendy Dodd

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