Bilum Weaving

Next Available: Thu, 23 Jan 10:00AM
5.0 hours
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Early Bird prices finish on 1st December, 2019

Make a billum bag by twisting rope the way it’s done in Papua New Guinea (figure 8 knotless weaving). A workshop full of laughter and fun.

Bilum making (weaving) in PNG is a survival skill I learnt from my mother and grandmother before I went to school! I am committed to the preserving this tradition and in endorsing “bilum weaving” as an art form no matter where I am in the world. 

I am a migrant here; my weaving practice is unique and very traditional! Teaching and sharing this connects me to people and places around the world. I have adapted the weaving technique to create wearable art and installations.

Every piece I create tells a story, that connects me to people, place and land, whether it is a story about my current homeland of Australia or my birthplace of PNG. Every creation has relevance and connection. 

                                                                                          …..Aunty Vicki Kinai…..

I have received prestigious awards for my contribution to Art and Culture in Victoria and humbled to be recognize in Australia as Master Weaver, and now known as Aunty Vicki.

Living in Australia gives me the opportunity to represent and talk about life and health issues of woman from my homeland of PNG!

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What you will learn
  • Background knowledge, materials used, techniques and processes of Bilum Weaving (a figure eight knotless weaving) very traditional from Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  • Practice the twisting technique
  • Practice the figure eight (8) weave in preparation into weaving their own bag/basket
What you will get
  • 2 x rolls of 15m rope each
  • Accessories to decorate woven billum (bag)
  • After 3 hours each participant take home the lot, a woven bilum (bag), new weaving skill, a story and a name of a new friend!

What to bring
  • $5 per roll of string – 2 rolls make a medium-sized bilum.
  • Bring your patience and laughter + any decorations you would like for your billum, for example, beads, feathers, shells, …. No wool please. Vicki will bring a range of decorative items
What to wear

Casual Clothing

Appropriate for

No experience necessary

The Guild's aim is to bring together those who practise handweaving, spinning and allied crafts and to help and encourage them to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills by discussion, demonstration, exhibition, teaching and the provision of quality resource materials.

Our Guild rooms house an excellent library and craft supply, sell members work and host a wonderful range of interest groups, classes and workshops.

We have members and affiliated groups throughout the state.

Come and join us!

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds

The Guild reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient numbers. If we cancel the workshop you will be notified and will be issued with a 100% refund.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop/course date the Guild will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days before the workshop/course date the Guild will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

No refunds for missed classes.

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