About Us

We are Cane Republic, a UK-based business founded by Mary Ow. Our handmade bags are ethically sourced and woven by the women of the Penan tribe, an indigenous people from the island of Borneo.

The Penan rely heavily on Mother Nature for sustenance, both spiritually and physically. Indiscriminate logging has destroyed much of their environment so many of them now live in resettlement communities but remain semi-nomadic.

We work with the Penan Women Project (PWP), a social enterprise that supports and empowers Penan women. With your support, PWP provides the Penan with a regular source of income so that they can provide their families with food and shelter, and their children with a good education.