LIFESTYLE

IBAN TABLE MATS

This table mat is a fine example of using traditional mat-weaving techniques but in a modern, practical material more relevant to life today.

Deep in the rural Betong division of Sarawak, in a longhouse nestled amidst pepper plantations, a group of Iban women artisans ply their craft. Here, they consciously preserve, revive and often reinvent the timeless art of weaving in a bid to enhance their livelihoods.

Traditionally woven from natural Rattan or Bemban harvested from the jungle, these fibres are no longer readily available to these ladies who mostly remain at home looking after their children and elders.

These table mats are woven with a box-strap polymer material, which is easily accessible to this community and sold at the local market, creating a unique fusion of old and new.

Your support towards this project is a true gesture of appreciation for Sarawak’s fine crafts and a contribution towards sustainability and improving the livelihoods of our rural communities.

 

THE MAGIC OF UPCYCLING

Once unusable fan covers, the transformation into these versatile trays is brilliant. Challenging traditional weaving skills, this painstaking process takes up to 50 hours or more from splitting and processing the material to weaving this finished piece. Your support towards this project is a true gesture of appreciation for Sarawak’s fine crafts and a contribution towards sustainability and improving the livelihoods of our rural communities.

 

THE IBAN TOTE BASKET

Our exquisite basket totes are inspired by traditional Iban patterns and modern monotone colour ways  Baskets are hand-woven by a community of ladies from the Iban tribe in Betong Division, Sarawak. Each basket bag takes at least four days to complete before being fitted with a natural bamboo or rattan handles. These unique, beautiful designs created by individual artisans differ for each single bag; thus making it one of a kind

 


THE PADI BASKET

Traditionally used by farmers during rice and pepper harvesting, these finely double weave baskets in various Iban motifs takes days to weave by hand using jungle fibre harvested from the neighbouring forests. Only the more accomplished senior weavers work on these baskets, so meticulous is the production process that not many even notice the double layers.

 

THE SUSU TOTE

An exclusive collection for the Ranee brought to you by Helping Hands Penan, an NGO organisation working with the Penans, an aboriginal semi-nomadic tribe of the Borneo Rainforest.  These Penan women who are skillful weavers, mainly use PVC materials to make these beautiful, durable and practical baskets. Helping Hands Penan is dedicated to the welfare of the Penan tribe in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, by creating economic sustainability and through safeguarding their education.

 

PENAN JIAN CLUTCH

A collection for the Ranee brought to you by Penan Women Project, a Social Enterprise helping Penan Women to generate income through their weaving skills. Made by a group of industrious Penan women under the Penan Women Project, a Social Enterprise helping them to generate income through their weaving skills. The Penans are a nomadic tribe living in the Borneo rainforest. They mainly use polymer box strap materials to weave these colourful, durable and fun clutches.