“Summer Green” Penan Women Project Tote Bag
Our “Summer” range of tote bags are fresh and summery, ready for a day at the beach. This pattern featuring a dark green trim.
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 woman that made your bag. Additionally, the bags now carry a Penan authenticity badge so that you can be sure you are supporting a Penan weaver.
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
Penan Weaver Story
Josephine is a weaver from Long Lesuan. She is young and does not have any skill other then weaving. As a new weaver, her work is very good and she is willing to try different designs.
Josephine is 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 bags. The Project also ensures the continuity of their heritage, as the Penan women are expert weavers despite having no formal education.
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Crocodile, Diamond, Eye Of Bird, Flower, Heart, Leaf, Monkey Tail, Pangolin, Raindrop, River, Snake, Snake Teeth, Stars, Vine, Waterfall, Wild Bitternut
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