“Black Toucan” Penan Women Project Tote Bag


A Fair Trade Penan Women Project tote bag woven in tribal patterns with gorgeous deep rainbow colours offset by black.

With stunning colours and contemporary patterns, PWP bags may be handwoven in the Borneo rainforest, but they are designed for city chic. A modern twist to handmade bags!

As a personal touch each bag carries a tag with the name, and often a photo of the Penan weaver that made your bag. A PWP Authenticity badge is also attached to each bag so that you can be sure your basket is genuine and not a copy.

Strong, durable, washable, and available in sizes to suit any occassion, you are sure to find a good reason to have one of these beautiful handmade tote bags at the ready.

Penan Womens Project bags are Fair Trade and Handmade in Sarawak

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Norimi Penan Women Project Fair Trade Handmade

Penan Weaver Story
Norimi is a skillful weaver from the Penang Tribe, a nomadic aboriginal people of the Borneo Rainforest. In buying a Penan bag you are helping her to make the life of her family better.

The Penans are one of the indigenous tribes of Borneo. Calling the rainforest their home, they are believed to be the last nomadic hunter-gatherers in Malaysia. Many of them live in extreme poverty in the interior of Sarawak, Borneo.

Traditional Penan baskets are usually made out of rattan, which is difficult to harvest and process, resulting in the production of a mere two to three baskets per month. Their solution to this problem was to combine the Penan way of weaving craft baskets with the use of "tali", a plastic ribbon, which is sturdier, cheaper and readily available for them.

Penan Women Project (PWP) focuses on helping the women of the Penan tribe to earn regular incomes by crafting handmade bagsThe Project also ensures the continuity of their heritage, as the Penan women are expert weavers despite having no formal education.

The Penan Tribe - Video
The Penan Unseen - Video
Sunset Over Selungo - Video

Penan Children With Penan Women Project Baskets

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