Tnalak Tote / Clam
The Tnalak Tote is part of our Accoutrements L.A. Heritage Collection. Tnalak is a weaving tradition by the T'boli people South Cotabato, Philippines. Tnalak cloth are woven using Abaca fibers. The traditional female weavers are known as dream weavers, because the pattern of the tnalak cloth are inspired by their dreams.
This traditional cloth has three primary colors, red, black and the original color of the Abaca leaves. The colorant of the materials are naturally dyed boiled in with bark, roots and leaves of plants.
The origins of this particular pattern is described below by Sir Delmo Dulay, one of the grandchildren of Lang Dulay from the House of Lang Dulay Weaving Center.
The tnalak pattern "Bed Keteng" or Clam, is inspired by clamshell as one of the endemic species of shell in Lake Seloton one of the three lakes of Lake Sebu.
- Dimensions: 14.5” width x 12” height x 5.5” depth, 12” handle drop; 44" long shoulder strap
- Color: Multi
- 100% abaca fiber, natural dye
- Faux leather accent
- Fabric lining
- Antique bronze hardware
Colors may vary slightly from the photo. Material content may also vary depending on the community that weaved the fabric.
All our products are individually handmade, thus no two pieces are exactly the same. Slight variations are inherent in the methods and natural materials used. These are not product flaws, but are considered minor distinctions that make this piece special and one-of-a-kind.