WHY A BORNEO BAG?
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Each bag carries a certificate of authenticity with the name of the weaver so you know exactly who made your special bag. Its of the finest quality. Each item goes through a Quality Control process before shipping.
MADE WITH RECYCLABLE STRAPPING
Recyclable pallet strapping is the modern weaving substitute to the traditional rattan; it’s durable, washable (yes, you can simply rinse your bags) and comes in amazing eye-catching colours. We're putting a new spin on an age-old craft.
For the ardent collector we have our traditional rattan range. This natural fibre takes over 3 months to harvest, prepare, soak in plant dyes and is sometimes even buried in the soil to achieve the desired colour!
Patterns are not recorded in writing but etched in their memories, passed through time between the women of the generations. There are no two bags identical, there can be slight differences in the size and design of each bag.
DECADES OF WORKING TOGETHER
We focus on helping the women of the Penan tribe to earn regular income, empowering the women and engendering pride and respect. The ladies that weave for us are paid a fair wage with regular financial boosts. Having secure employment is inextricably linked to self-worth as well as financial security. This enables them to truly compete on a global market with stunning handmade crafts, of top quality as we assist with product development, design and quality control.
Money raised helps support the Penan children returning to school with sheets, books, uniforms, sanitary items and more. We help assist with transport, medical advice and care as well as projects at village level. Education is essential for them to cope with their changing world.