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The Bilum of New Guinea: string bags and female creative energy

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A shopping bag. A handbag. A school bag. A mobile phone pouch. A fashionable accessory. A baby's cot. A valuable gift. A travel souvenir. An identity marker. An electoral propaganda support. A dance accessory.
In New Guinea, there is one type of object that can perform all these functions: the bilum.

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