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How is my bag made?


round rattan bag

Ata or hata is the Balinese (language from Bali, Indonesia) word for the type of plant used to make the unique round rattan bags.  Lygodium circinnatum, in Latin, is a type of creeper and related to the fern family. It is common in Southeast Asia and parts of China.   

Lygodium circinnatum - rattan - ata - hata

Leaf ribs and stalk of Ata plants were traditionally used by the Balinese to make rope but as synthetic materials became freely available woven baskets became the predominant use for the grass.  Highly skilled artisans have been weaving ata baskets for generations passing on their skills to the next generation of apprentices.

rattan bag weaving - round bag

 

The long process of making each individually handcrafted rattan bag starts with the conditioning of the Ata vines.  The stem is then divided into four parts which are meticulously braided into unique patterns. After the bag’s structure is complete it is dried in the sun for several days.  The bag is then cured and smoked in a coconut husk fired oven to condition and strengthen. This procedure gives the bag strength and durability along with its beautiful golden color.  The 'smoky scent' is due to this making process and will naturally disappear over time.

After the shell of the bag is complete the hand crafted leather strap and buckles are attached along with the interior lining made from luxurious Indonesian batik material.  Your individually, handcrafted, art heritage ata bag is then checked for defects, tagged, put in our signature cover bag, packaged and sent special delivery, free of charge, to your door.  

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