In the bag

Bilums are be­ing mar­keted world­wide

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co-founder of Port Moresby-based soft­ware com­pany Crysan Tech­nol­ogy, Crys­tal Kewe, says a part­ner­ship with Google, the APEC sec­re­tar­iats in Pa­pua New Guinea and Sin­ga­pore, and the San Fran­cisco-based Asia Foun­da­tion is aim­ing to sell bilums on­line.

Called the Dig­i­tal Bilum Project, the idea is to cre­ate an in­ter­na­tional pres­ence.

“The idea be­hind it is to de­velop a na­tional plat­form for bilum weavers, or what we call ‘ bilum ma­mas’ in PNG, to

The idea is to de­velop a na­tional plat­form for weavers in PNG, to pro­mote and mar­ket on a global scale.

pro­mote and mar­ket global scale.

“We are work­ing on a model that we will test dur­ing the APEC Lead­ers’ Meet­ing.” Kewe says APEC del­e­gates will have the abil­ity to pur­chase bilums while bilums on a they are in the coun­try.

She says the fo­cus is fun­da­men­tally on pro­mot­ing tra­di­tional bilums, not those made of syn­thetic fi­bres.

Kewe says she will be work­ing with West­pac PNG

In the bag … a bilum use in PNG. in ev­ery­day

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