Maker unknown, New Guinea

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Description

Net bag (Bilumi)
Fiber and natural pigment
8" w
20th C.
String bags (bilum) such as this one are commonly made in Papua New Guinea by means of a knotless crocheting technique, a process akin to the construction of local fishing nets and knitted hats. Serving many functions, these hammock-like cradles are regularly slung across the wearers forehead, and are used to carry foodstuffs, store belongings at home, and port newborns. Women customarily exchange these items as gifts during special occasions. While this example has been created using plant fibers and natural dyes, contemporary examples tend to be comprised of colorful acrylic yarn or synthetic nylon with letters or phrases incorporated into the design.

Date

20th C.

Creator

Maker unknown, New Guinea

Source

Gift of Mrs. William T. Campbell

Identifier

1969.24

Collection

Citation

Maker unknown, New Guinea, “Maker unknown, New Guinea,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 5, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7326.