We are committed to supporting PNG artisans.
The sterling silver that features in our designs is all handcrafted by Papua New Guinean jewellers through our partnership with Port Moresby based jeweller Jules Collins jewellery. We work together closely with silver smiths Larry Harai and Toru Taisu to develop and handcraft each design, which is then combined and finished with our woven bilum fibre components to complete the piece.
One of our designs, the Angoram range bilum fibre disc, was also inspired through a collaboration. The Bilum Export & Promotion Association (BEPA) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates bilum weavers with sales to international fashion buyers. As part of BEPAs product development training program, fashion and jewellery designer, Jane Heng, came to PNG and worked with bilum weavers, researching weaving techniques and fibres. Among many samples, a woven disc was identified and explored. We thank BEPA and Jane Heng for their work and for the inspiration to further develop a Bilum & Bilas version.