Traditional Bilum weaving is done by women in remote parts of Papua New Guinea. We traveled three hours by van from a base city in the Eastern Highlands to a remote village who had never received foreigners and had no electricity, and we had to film all of the Bilum weaving in just one morning.
We spent time with the local community to build relationships for the projects the night before, and woke up at the crack of dawn to begin filming. The weather was rainy, and the mud slippery so we had to ensure the safety of all of our equipment as we followed our main subject through the bushes.
The video was displayed as part of a larger exhibit on Google Arts & Culture about Bilum. The virtual exhibit was launched at APEC Leaders Week to showcase how digital technology can help bring access to market for women in underrepresented communities.