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Ikat Bags

Foldable Tote Bag (Eli)

34.00
  • Foldable ikat tote bag

  • Linen outside, cotton lining

  • Brass clip for convenient storage

  • Reinforced straps

  • Dimensions (unfolded): (H)48 x (W)50cm

  • Weaver: Eli

  • Motif: Pelangka, Perahu & Buli Tuntung

Make refusing plastic bags easy by keeping this neat, foldable ikat tote bag conveniently on hand. Once unfolded, the pouch sits inside the bag and serves as a pocket for smaller items.

The purple ikat used in this tote bag is hand woven and hand dyed by Eli and this is just one of eleven unique pieces deriving from her ikat.

Read more about the motifs Eli has used in her ikat by clicking on Additional Info + below.

Every ikat piece purchased will be accompanied by a Weaver Profile, which will include a little information about the artisan and the motif used in her piece. Through your purchase, you are supporting initiatives that economically empower indigenous artisan women in Borneo. [Read more]

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Additional Info

The artisan, Eli, is a proud Dayak woman and a member of our partner women's weaving Cooperative, Jasa Menenun Mandiri, in West Borneo. The Dayak people are Indigenous to Borneo and encompass over 200 different ethnicities, all of which have their own customs, dialects and cultures.

Pelangka is a tool made of rattan that the Dayak people once used to separate the rice from their husks. In the past, it was also used by Shamans, who believed it would cure their patients. It is a very powerful and well-known motif in Dayak villages and one that symbolises fertility, security and prosperity.

The Perahu motif, meaning boat, is a reminder of life from ancient times until now. It signifies how the Dayak people still use waterways and boats when carrying out activities, such as fishing and journeying to the gardens or the fields. For the Dayak people, the Perahu motif symbolises kindness.

Buli Tuntung is a collection of fruits and the Dayak people believe that hanging a small box of these fruits will protect small children from the spirits so they can sleep peacefully and play safely.

Important note for all ikat products on each product page

The People’s Fabric sources ikat from various villages in West Borneo – they are made by a variety of different people who use a variety of different dyes so each piece is unique. The complex process of making ikat requires high levels of skill, as each is handmade and hand dyed. Because of this, there may occasionally be slight imperfections in the artwork – whilst these are minor, we believe this simply contributes to each ikat's story.

Caring for your ikat

Your ikat bag can be hand washed in cold water. Note that colour from the ikat fabric may run and regular washing will cause the ikat to fade.

Love your ikat

Write a thank you message and/or send us a photo of you with your piece and we’ll do our very best to ensure the artist receives it! Email to info@thepeoplesfabric.com.au, including the weaver’s name and your date of purchase.