Bahay Bags uses natural weaves and fine trims such as leather,
suede, snakeskin and wood to create native chic handbags. Handwoven
in the Philippines, where Bahay means “home” in our native country,
Bahay Bags celebrate the beauty of island origins and the art of
natural weaves. As handmade organic pieces, Bahay Bags are eco-chic,
made from renewable resources and environmentally and stylistically
Weaving is a cultural traditional and a celebrated artistic
expression in rural parts of the islands, and we work intimately
with artisans involved in the craft. Made in cottage industries,
there are no mass assembly or production techniques involved.
Bahay Bags is proud to offer sustainable straw accessories with
natural and vibrant island-inspired designs.
Since each bag is handwoven, part of the charm and unique character
of our native chic handbags are the minute variations caused by the
human element. Because our bags are made from natural weaves,
there are slight variations in the texture and/or color. This is due
to water content, maturity of leaves, and general environmental
elements. This is considered normal and inherent in naturally
Some bags incorporate leather or snakeskin. As with any animal
material, the final product is subject to the condition of the
hides. Slight variations in color or texture are normal.
With any natural products, colors and textures may change with use.
Bahay Bags use fine trims such as leather, suede, snakeskin and
wood. The following are some tips to keep them looking their best
for years to come.
- The leather trim on your Bahay Bag can be cleaned by using a
small amount of mild bath soap (like Dove) on a slightly damp cloth
on the leather and work into a lather. With a fresh dry cloth
rub/polish the leather (for best results always test on a small
inconspicuous place first and allow to dry). Avoid using products
like mink oil, shoe polishes or waxes on the leather.
- The snakeskin trim can be cleaned with a soft, slightly damp
cloth by wiping in the direction of the scales to remove dust.
Another effective method is to use the canned dust spray (typically
used for cleaning computers) onto the snakeskin. Please avoid the
use of any chemicals, oils or cleansing agents that can damage the
- Suede can be cleaned by rubbing gently with a dry bath towel to
help remove dirt. Dry stains can also be removed by using a pencil
eraser on the affected area. Do not use any kind of stain remover on
- Wood accents can be cleaned by using a soft cloth to simply dust the
- Avoid prolonged direct sunlight as natural materials are sensitive to
extreme sun which can cause fading or cracking. Normal outdoor wear and use is
fine. Prolonged is defined by a “constant direct stream” like a sunbeam or left
in a window or unshaded area. For example, if you are lunching with the ladies
and you feel a sunbeam on your face, so does your Bahay Bag! Just move it out of
the direct spotlight until you are back on the go.
- Consider the weight of contents.
- For any loss of color or sheen, visit a shoe repair store, as typically
these proprietors have expertise in dyes and protective sprays that can
rejuvenate your bag and extend wear and use. Shoe repair can also tackle loose
stitching, handles, or hardware issues.