A bilum is not just a bag
Here in Papua New Guinea (PNG) a bilum is a cultural icon, inextricably woven into the social and cultural fabric of our country. People write songs and poems about their bilums. They are tokens of love, reminders of home, holders of magic and symbols of wealth and position. For many they are memories of lost childhoods - most babies in the Highlands sleep comfortably in a Bilum rather than a cradle or are carried in one on their mother's back.