She has a background in textile design, but doesn’t actually create any of the designs of the beautiful bags. She only adds embellishments such as tassels and pom poms. Instead, it’s all up to the women who are weaving them from their homes in Papua New Guinea.
Read her interview with Mamamia below…
What is Among Equals?
Among Equals is a social enterprise that I launched in early 2015 in order to positively impact the lives of women and children in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, as well as to help bring their incredible bags to a contemporary global market. The women weave beautiful bags, and every one that I sell helps to improve their circumstances.
Among Equals is a social enterprise aimed at empowering bilum makers from three different communities in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The bilum, almost exclusively made by women, is a beautiful and unique traditional hand-woven bag. Each multi-purpose bilum has both cultural significance and serves functional needs for the women of Papua New Guinea. Via ongoing relationships, Among Equals assists these artisans to achieve sustainable incomes through the sale of these bags – ensuring that bilum remains a viable creative practice for future generations. #ethicalfashion #fashion #guiltfree #summer #beachbag #pompom #womenofpng #papuanewguinea #png #bilumbags #bilums