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A WORD ABOUT MATERIALS & COLORS

We at Tiki Totes & Bags believe that the rustic quality of our bags is an essential part of their appeal. We support home-based family businesses in the Philippines by using handmade and homespun material. Raw plant materials are processed in local villages, most of the weaving is homespun, and some pieces are sewn in homes. The final process of assembling bags is done in family-run workshops. None of our products are made in large urban factories.

Hand processed natural fibers have variations of thickness and color. Additional processing may improve texture but weakens the fiber. Instead, we accept natural beauty and find weaves that are enhanced by these organic qualities. Some fibers do not absorb dye with consistency, so some are left natural, dyed very dark, or allowed to change colors over time.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Using a slightly damp towel, gently pat the area to be cleaned. Oils, cleaning agents and detergents may damage the fibers. Direct or prolonged sunlight exposure may cause the fibers to fade or crack.

THE NATURAL FIBERS OF THE PHILIPPINES

We use many natural materials and fibers to produce the distinctive looks of the Tiki Totes & Bags collection. The following is a list of material names and descriptions.

* The buntal, buri and raffia fibers are obtained from the buri palm Corypha elata (Roxb). The palm, reaching heights of twenty to forty meters, has large, rounded, fan-shaped leaves that grow up to three meters in length. Buntal is extracted from the petiole of the leaf, buri is the matured leaf of the palm and raffia is the young shoot or leaf.