How to Effortlessly Wear Locally Made Native Bags

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Locally-made bags are not only stylish and functional. They are also a great way to support small local businesses and celebrate our cultural heritage.

These unique native bags can be easily blended into your everyday wardrobe to add a pop of color and texture. With a few tips on how to wear them effortlessly, you can showcase your style while promoting sustainable and ethical fashion. 

In this guide, we’ll explore different ways you can style locally-made bags from the Philippines to elevate your outfits and make a statement.

Choose the right size

The size of your bag should complement the rest of your outfit. There are large bayong bags that may be too overpowering for a petite frame. On the other hand, small handwoven bags may not be noticeable with a taller person carrying them. 

If you need to carry a bunch of items, consider using a spacious bayong bag with an organizer pouch. That way, you can organize your belongings and have the option to change from large bags to small pouch bags at any time!

Consider the occasion and where you’ll wear it

For casual use such as shopping, lunch with friends, or running errands, you can choose a brightly colored native bag that reflects your style. On the other hand, neutral colors, such as black, brown, or navy, are generally appropriate for work. Opt for a native bag that is practical, functional, and professional in an office setting.

If you are attending any formal events, such as weddings, galas, and business events, go for a small and refined abaca clutch bag. You can accessorize your formal outfits by bringing an  intricately beaded clutch.

Pair the bag with the right outfit

Native bags often feature intricate designs and patterns, so it's important to choose an outfit that complements the bag rather than contrasts with it. 

Consider the colors in the native bag when choosing your outfit. If the bag has a dominant color, choose an outfit in a coordinating color to create a harmonious look. Native bags with bold patterns are best paired with a monochrome outfit to avoid overwhelming the overall look. Take for example our abaca bucket bag handwoven by local artisans.

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Accessorize wisely

When styling handwoven native bags, keep other accessories to a minimum so that they will not take the beauty of the bag. Large statement pieces, such as chunky necklaces or bold earrings, can be overwhelming when paired with a native textured bag. Instead, choose delicate, understated accessories that complement the bag. Native bags made from abaca are easiest to play around with accessories.

Experiment with different bag styles

Locally-made native abaca bags come in different styles and designs. There are the usual bayong bags, handwoven sling bags, and tote bags. Have fun experimenting with new styles like belt bags, bucket bags, and more. Don’t forget to consider the flexibility and function of native bags for women!

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Stand Out with Kultura Native Bags

Kultura’s native bags for women are the perfect combination of tradition and modernity. Handmade by local artisans, our collection of native bags showcases traditional techniques, patterns, and textures that every Filipina woman loves.

Get your new native bag from homegrown brands only at Kultura! Shop now at or drop by the nearest Kultura store. You can also send us a message to order or inquire. Our personal shoppers will gladly assist you:

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