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Helping Hands Penan

Grey and White Rectangular Medium Sized Handwoven Tote

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Every one of these Handwoven Baskets Bags from the Penan women is unique in its size, shape or colour combination.

This grey and white gingham style Tote works as a chic Handbag, a Bag to take to the beach or to a casual lunch perhaps. The choice is yours but either way you'll love to be seen out and about with your Basket Style Tote. And you'll absolutely love the story behind this bag that empowers the women from the Penan Tribe.

Inspired by the traditional French shopping basket

Features of the Grey and White Handwoven Tote:

  • Loops over to close
  • Front Fastening
  • Strap long enough to wear over shoulder
  • Measures 37cm w x 23cm h
  • The Grey and White chequered pattern continues inside
  • The bags are washable and long lasting

Photos show front and back of the bag

The art of weaving is deeply ingrained in Penan Culture. With skilled hands, strips of coloured material are brought to life and lovingly transformed into beautiful crafts, each telling a unique story.
Rattan has traditionally been the primary raw material for weaving, however it is increasingly scarce. Consequently Helping Hands provides the Penan women with colourful PVC strips as a durable and versatile alternative.
Proceeds from the sale of this bag goes back to help the Penan tribe in Borneo in their social, economic and educational development. 
New designs and colour combinations are being developed all the time so the humble rattan basket bag is now bang up to date. What was once a dying trade is now attracting young Penan girls, eager to hone their craft.


Made in Borneo

Ships from Sydney

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