“Rainbow” Penan Women Project Tote Bag

A bright and cheerful tote bag, and who doesn’t love a rainbow?

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

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Why Aren’t The Baskets Made Of Rattan?

Frankly I’m glad you asked. The answer to that question could be…

so that the bags are washable

so that the bags are more durable

so that the bags can be gloriously colourful

so that the designs can be amazing and unlimited

so that the weavers can let their imagination run riot

But the real answer is… it’s just not viable to use rattan because

It takes 2 to 4 days to find enough rattan to make one basket

It takes another 2-3 weeks to clean and prepare the rattan

Then it takes another 1-2 weeks to weave the basket

So, if unlike me, the dashboard of your car is made from cardboard, you have recently knitted yourself a phone cover, and your hairdryer is biodegradable, please don’t think badly of our beautiful Penan weavers who are doing what they can to support their families in an environment with very few resources

And remember…the baskets are not single use plastic.

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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.

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Size

Large, Medium, Small

Pattern

Diamond, Eye Of Bird, Flower, Heart, Leaf, Monkey Tail, Raindrop, River, Snake, Snake Teeth, Vine, Waterfall, Wild Bitternut

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