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Philippines Bontoc Igorot Basket Backpack "Pasiking" "Sangi" #1


Late 20th century Bontoc Igorot backpack locally known as "Sangi" or "Pasiking" made from split rattan with bamboo reinforcements at the base. This is an everyday backpack used to carry man's belonging, food and etc. In excellent condition, with very nice dark, reddish-brown patina from daily usage and years of exposure to the soot of a typical Igorot house.


All baskets we are selling are not cleaned, if cleaned these would look really great in your display specially if waxed properly, I'll leave the thrill to you. The actual item are definitely more beautiful than the pictures.


Type of Object: Bontoc backpack


Local Terms: "Sangi" , "Pasiking"


Ethnic Group: Bontoc ( Igorots or Cordillerans) of Northern Luzon Philippines


Country of Origin: Philippines


Materials: Rattan, Bamboo


Dimensions: Height: 17" / Width: 6.7" / Length: 11.7" / Weight: Approximately 0.80kg if packed could reach up to 1.5 - 2kg.If I pay less than 43$ on shipping at the Post office you will be refunded on the excess.

What is a Pasiking?

Pasiking (PAH-see-king) is a rattan backpack made or crafted by the mountain tribes in Northern Luzon, particularly by the Igorot ethnic groups in the Cordillera Region. 

A sturdy woven backpack, the pasiking became a rage in Manila and urban cities in the 1980s when young Filipino students introduced it into the mainstream. But to the Igorot makers and highland  tribes the pasiking has long served as a handy carry-all, a multi-purpose bag used in farm work, when travelling or simply as a container for personal items or knick-knacks.


There are several versions of the native pasiking, some made out of animal skins such as goat skin or pig skin, with varying forms and motifs depending on the region or mountain tribe that crafted the bags.


The rattan pasiking are known for its durability even in inclement or rainy weather since the rattan contracts when wet, making the weave tighter and less prone to splitting. (source: greatpinoystuffs)

The pasiking is the ancient, indigenous basket-backpack found among the various ethno-linguistic groups of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. Pasiking designs may have sacred allusions, although many are purely aesthetic. These artifacts, whether handwoven traditionally or with contemporary variations, are considered exemplars of functional basketry in the Philippines and among Filipinos. (wiki)

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  • Shipping Weight (Plus Packaging): 1500grams