Mayat-an Handicrafts derives its trade name from an ancient Ifugao family name. It is at once a statement of the firm?s mission to preserve the traditional ethnic designs and artisanic skills inherent in the lifestyles of the Ifugao people of the Cordilleras.
Mayat-an's first product was a Binga basket which became an instant hit with buyers when it was first introduced to the market. It seemed that consumers were ready and searching for unique products that also express the lifestyles of ancient cultures while adapted to modern functional uses. The market was going for nature products consistent with public concern for environmental preservation.
The base raw materials used for the bags are rattan and a species of wild bamboo called anes, known among the natives for its resistance to decay and pest attacks. These are sourced from the thick forests of Sablan, Benguet.