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Ikat Bags

Foldable Tote Bag (Roniati II)

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: Roniati

  • Motif: Pucuk rebung

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 red ikat used in this tote bag is hand woven and hand dyed by Roniati and this is just one of ten unique pieces deriving from her ikat.

The motif Roniati has used in her ikat symbolises strength and prosperity. Read more 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, Roniati, 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.

Pucuk rebung are young bamboo shoots, which have numerous benefits for the Dayak people. This is a significant motif that was always used by their ancestors in the beginning stages of weaving an ikat and has remained an important element that is passed down through the generations.

When the bamboo shoots are young they can be cooked in a variety of ways and eaten as a vegetable, as well as being used as a form of traditional medicine. Once aged, they can be used to build a wide range of things such as furniture or flooring. The Dayak people believe we can learn a lot from the growth of bamboo shoots, like the virtues of adaptability and being a valuable member of society.

This motif symbolises strength and prosperity.

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.