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Philippines Bontoc Igorot Basket Backpack "Pasiking" "Sangi" #2


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 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)

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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igorot backpack basket
igorot backpack basket

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  • Shipping Weight (Plus Packaging): 1500grams