About Those Famous Rattan Bags

I started seeing these round, woven rattan bags in the clutches of designers and fashion bloggers in 2016 to early 2017. After asking around, I found the Instagram accounts selling these 24-cm diameter bags for about ₱3,800 each (75 USD).

Rattan woven bag haven! I got mine from this stall in Ubud Traditional Art Market, Bali.

I snooped around and found out they were sourced from Bali, Indonesia. I noticed that my fellow Filipinos would travel to Bali and purchase these bags by the bulk to sell back home. As the months went by, online resellers brought down the price to around ₱2,500 (50 USD) for the big one (24 cm diameter). These days you can find them for ₱1,300-1,900 (26-38 USD) at Carousell.

I recently went to Bali, where I found these famous bags for sale in almost every corner. Let me share with you my shopping tips.

1. If you’re buying from Bali, note that the prices vary depending on the location. They’re a bit cheaper in Ubud than in Kuta and Seminyak. They’re priciest in Canggu. Some bags are made from rattan, while others are made from ata grass or a mix of both. According to some locals, ata is more expensive than rattan. Ask the seller to be sure, because I personally cannot tell the difference between the materials.

2. Even if you decide to buy in Ubud, prices still vary. They’re expensive in major tourist spots like Monkey Forest Street. During my trip, I found the cheapest in Ubud Traditional Art Market (in front of Ubud Palace). Even there, the prices vary depending on the stall location. The ones by the entrance and easily accessible spots are more expensive than the ones in the hidden stalls.

3. In the major tourist spots, they start by giving you the most expensive price, especially if they know you’re not from Bali. During my visit, the 24-cm diameter round ata bag started at 550,000 IDR (₱2,068 or 41 USD). In markets and lesser-known tourist spots, the price started at 400,000 IDR (₱1500 or 30 USD) per ata bag. For the smaller bags, they were around 300,000 IDR (₱1,128 or 22 USD) before haggling. Take note: I went during the Agung volcano threat when Bali tourism was low, so that must’ve affected the pricing.

You’ve probably seen this bag as part of the #OOTD of fashion bloggers all over Manila.

4. After haggling, I got several big round ata bags for 270,000 IDR each (₱1,015 or 20 USD each), one small rectangular sling purse for 150,000 IDR (₱564 or 11 USD), and a macramé sling bag for 100,000 (₱376 or 7 USD) at Ubud Traditional Art Market. When I compared notes with other shoppers, they purchased the big round bag for around 350,000 IDR each (₱1,300 or 24.50 USD each). Personal notes: I bought these in 2017 during the volcano threat, so the expect the price range to change as the years go by. I bought ata bags, which are pricier than regular rattan bags. Also, when shopping in Asian countries, it’s not always about getting the ridiculously cheapest price. If you’re already happy with the price, there’s no need to lowball the vendors.

5. It gets cheaper if you buy many. According to my newfound Indonesian friends, prices can go even lower if you have a local friend to haggle for you or if you explore the hidden depths of the market. Sounds like our good ol’ Divisoria and Greenhills, right?

Ubud Traditional Art Market

6. There are many designs and sizes aside from the ubiquitous round bag. They come in other colors like black, yellow, green, red, and white.

7. You can get away with purchasing several bags and packing them in your balikbayan box. But if you’re buying in bulk, it’s best to get in touch with a supplier. The price will be relatively cheaper, but of course you’ll have shipping and tax fees to consider.

The biggest sling bag they have is 9 inches in diameter. That’s the one I bought. If you want something bigger, they have rattan backpacks.

8. Don’t get too excited by immediately buying the first one you see. Look around, compare prices, and check out several designs before haggling and making your final purchase.

9. If you’re not heading to Indonesia anytime soon, there are many Manila-based Instagram shops and online resellers that peddle these bags—for a higher price, of course.

I found these in a Canggu weekend market, but their price tags were much higher than the ones in Ubud, Seminyak, and Kuta.

10. If you’d like to support Philippine-made products, we have our own designs made from the native rattan, abaca, and tikog. Click here for a list compiled by my fellow Spot.ph writers.

Shopped in 2017. Written on January 16, 2018. Updated on Jan. 26, 2020.

  1. Agree with “Pulu Bali” on pricing.
    Currently in Indonesia (December 2019 and January 2020) and saw at the ubud Art market for 100k IDR, also offered the same price in Kuta, Bali along legion main street.
    I’ve seen them for more but that’s the best I’ve heard without haggling them down.
    Also found these in Vietnam (I’m backpacking so haven’t picked one up yet).

  2. I’m currently in indonesia and I’m planning to buy 10 pcs of rattan bags. Would there be a problem in customs? 6 of those are for souvenirs and the remaining I’m planning to sell

    1. If they stop you at the customs, just explain they’re all for your friends who asked you to buy. Go the extra mile by labeling it with their names so that in case they open your luggage to investigate, they’ll see that it’s pasalubong.

  3. Hi, I am Balinese and just want to ask you about the round bag in the picture (that hold by hand). Is that rattan bag or ata bag? For me, that is ata bag and that kind of bags are quite more expensive than rattan bag. There are round bag as the picture but made from rattan and their price could be around IDR 100.000,- until 120.000,- in the market around Ubud.

    1. Where do you think I can buy the cheapest? Will be in Bali on Oct 8th till 13th and will be staying at the diving areas of Amed.. You’re help is a plus.. Thanks

  4. Hi, I would like to buy around 50 rattan bags and resell it. Would you know the procedure of bringing this to the PH? Thank you

    1. Sorry, I don’t know the full procedure. If you’re planning a trip to Bali, it’s best to ask the market sellers or shop owners if they offer wholesale.

  5. Hi may is ask if the print design are only sticker or paint art? I bought one ar ig it says orig from bali nut a not disappointed as it only sticker print design. Please enlighten me. Thanks

    1. Agree with “Pulu Bali” on pricing.
      Currently in Indonesia (December 2019 and January 2020) and saw at the ubud Art market for 100k IDR, also offered the same price in Kuta, Bali along legion main street.
      I’ve seen them for more but that’s the best I’ve heard without haggling them down.
      Also found these in Vietnam (I’m backpacking so haven’t picked one up yet) but hopefully will if I can make the space!

    1. If you’re buying only one or a few pieces through online shops like Amazon, read the reviews from other customers first. Some reviewers include their own photos of the product received. But if you’re looking to buy in bulk and resell, it’s best to meet your supplier in person and see the merch before making a deal.

  6. Hi.. Did you buy a lot of bags in Bali?
    Did you shipped it via cargo or just brought it with you going back to Philippines?

    Thank you.

  7. Hello po .
    Please can I have list of things to do for travelling to Indonesia? It would be my first time if ever. I would like to start a business of rattan bags.
    Thank you in advance

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