Circa 1940's 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 good to excellent condition, with very nice dark, reddish-brown patina from daily usage and years of exposure to the soot of a typical Igorot house. The thread connecting the strap and the body was replaced, it shows a brown patina so I guess the owner replaced and used it before it was passed. see pictures.
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.
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 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)
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: (Approximate) Height: 14" / Width: 6" / Length: 13" / Weight: Approximately 0.50kg if packed could reach up to 1.5 - 2kg. If I pay less than 43$ on shippping at the Post office you will be refunded on the excess.
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