Make your own Bilum by Sylvia Baker
In 1985 my mother, Sylvia Baker, self published a book she had written and illustrated about the technique for making bilums...a type of net bag made by the people of Papua New Guinea.
She had learnt and documented the netting technique during a stay in Papua New Guinea.
The author died not long after the book was published.
A very small number of unused copies from the original 1985 print run are still available from me. If you are interested in purchasing one of these please make contact via the form.
This book is out of print. Sylvia paid the entire cost of producing this book herself...many thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, she did not live long enough to see a single sale or recoup any of the production costs. While several thousand copies of the book were published, only one small box was passed on to me. Where the other books went is unknown to me. It is likely that in the near future my small box of books will run very low and I will stop making them available for sale. When that time comes, I will consider making the book available in other ways.
The book is soft cover, A4 size, 46 pages including instructional text, diagrams, and colour and black and white photographs. The photographs show both traditional bilums and samples and small objects made by the author.
If you have been lucky enough to find one of these books secondhand you will have a book which was sold without the author receiving ANYTHING for the hours of work and financial outlay which went into its production. If you copy the book you are infringing copyright.
PLEASE NOTE - You are welcome to contact me if you are interested in the book. I'm not sure when I will be able to reply.
Update - April 2021 - I have tried to contact a number of people who have enquired about the book in the past and have not received a reply. I also have had some international emails returned to me. If you have not received a reply please check to see if there is anything which could be blocking emails. Currently due to Covid there are few flights leaving Australia. International postage is slow for this reason (I was recently quoted a month for delivery to Germany).
Contact Susan at
cookiecross10 at g mail