Telefomin – Among Equals

 

Telefomin is a small rural outpost in the mountain range of West Sepik Province (Sanduan), located close to the border of PNG and West Papua (Indonesia). Telefomin Bilums are distinct in their simplicity; fibre is sourced from surrounding vegetation, laboriously beaten and processed into string and then woven – women and girls are the main producers of bilum. Telefomin weavers expertly utilise the maturity of the fibrous material to achieve the subtle colour variations inherently found in Telefomin Bilum. These bilum has been hand crafted using traditional knowledge passed down through the generations and can take up to 5-6 weeks to make. Each piece is handmade, therefore unique to the woman weaver and may have variations.