Apr 27, 2018

Woven bags are all the rage and seem to have become the summer bag of 2018—right next to netted tote bags, albeit a studier alternative.

While these bags are made of eco-friendly materials like abaca, rattan, or pandan leaves, many of them are actually outsourced from Indonesia or China.

But there are plenty of locally crafted handwoven bags available here. Why not sport the ‘it’ bag while supporting Filipino weavers, artisans, and craftswomen? Here are a few to choose from.


Lily Bags and Homeware

From weaving the water hyacinth to sewing the final product, Lily’s handwoven bags are made of sustainably-sourced plant fibers that are eco-friendly and durable.


ika by Angelica Rodriguez

What started out as a college thesis project has now turned into a proudly local brand. Entirely handmade using local fibers and materials, Angelica Rodriguez’ creations incorporates runway trends with indigenous materials.



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Handmade bags crafted with abaca, these are native bags with a modern twist.


Dos Marias

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Run by two sisters who believe in supporting local artisans and communities of Negros Occidental, their bags are handwoven using materials such as dried corn husks, abaca, water hyacinth, and pandan leaves.



Inspired by the craftsmanship of local artisans, the owners of Hanamayari wanted to support indigenous communities by showcasing these locally handwoven bamboo and rattan bags.



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Made with locally sourced water hyacinth and crafted by weavers in Laguna, Indayog bags come in a variety of styles.


Main images by @hanamayariph and @lilyph2018 on Instagram.

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