Luntian Bags | About Luntian
Find out about how Luntian Bags got started, the women who make the bags, and where they are now.
Luntian Bags is a livelihood project
based in a seaside barangay in San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas, Philippines.
It was founded in 2007 by Ichay Bulaong, a corporate executive who wanted to give back to her local weekend-home community, and promote the anti-plastic advocacy by using canvas bags for shopping trips instead of plastic ones.
Today, the cutting, sewing, and printing of these earth-friendly canvas tote bags provide livelihood for 20 people– most of them seamstresses and wives of fishermen and carpenters, with the silkscreen printer being the only man in the team, suitably named King. In one of the big corporate orders, King was able to save up enough to buy his own tricycle that he drives for extra income. Soon, he hopes to be able to build their own home for his wife and four year-old daughter, Princess.
"Malaking tulong ang pag-tatahi namin ng Luntian Bags, sa araw-araw na gastusin sa bahay at pag-paaral ng mga anak."
Says Cynthia, one of the seamstresses. "Nagpapasalamat ako, dahil maraming natulungan na mga ina, nakakapagtrabaho ako sa bahay habang naaalagaan ang mga anak, dagdag kaalaman, at extra income." Most of all, it boosts the self-esteem of these otherwise unemployed women, who are now able to contribute to the family's income.
The project is now taken care of by Marina, Ichay's daughter. She hopes to produce more livelihood for the community, by expanding and producing other bags such as the Om Yoga Bags, which also uses locally made Igorot-woven fabric, with hand embroidery also done by Luntian ladies. Keep posted as they come up with new designs for the classic Luntian Bag, and new styles such as native-themed backpacks and sling bags.
So next time you need all-around/grocery bags– for wedding, debut, and corporate giveaways, materials kit, Christmas gifts to loved ones, pasalubong abroad, etc. Keep Luntian Bags in mind. It's local, earth-loving, and stylish. Most of all, it helps a wonderful little community in San Teodoro, Batangas.