Hippolyta the Hippo Bag | Wicker Darling
It is with great pleasure we introduce you all to Hippolyta the Hippo! A rubenesque and roly-poly wicker hippo bag, and your new bestfriend for summer picnics, walks in the park, and lounging by the water hole!
This hippopotamus handbag is our latest bespoke design, designed by Jasmine in Melbourne, and handmade using traditional weaving techniques by our artisans in the Philippines - Hippolyta's primary materials are sustainably farmed and harvested rattan, leather, and linen for his lining.
Our handbags are designed in Australia and lovingly hand crafted by our weavers in the Philippines from natural materials. As such, each and every hippo bag will have minor differences, whether it's in the weave of the wicker, leather work, or other finishings. These are a unique signature of expert craftsmanship.
Due to our bags being made-to-order, on occasion, our ateliers may need to substitute materials used in the sample designs with different materials due to supply shortages. If this occurs, the ateliers will do their best to find the closest possible substitute, and ensure the overall design remains consistent with the sample.
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Worldwide complimentary shipping is offered with all orders, and covers your tracking number and full insurance! Customs and other tariffs are the responsibility of the customer. Please email our customer service team at to discuss express shipping rates.
We ship once a week, pending Australia Post availability.
Australia Post is experiencing significant supply and postage delays, and is periodically pausing collections of mail. While we aim to post our in stock bags ASAP, please be aware postage is likely to be slower than usual as a result.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are your bags made, and what from?
They're handmade by our family-owned ateliers in the Philippines! Our wicker bags are made from sustainable rattan (wicker refers to the method of woven construction, rattan is the material). Rattan is a non-timber and naturally renewable palm which can be sustainably harvested, and as such provides an environmentally friendly alternative to forest logging. Our rattan is harvested by hand, from local farmers and co-ops - minimising carbon footprint while supporting local growers. The cultivation, harvest and use of rattan is invaluable to livelihoods throughout Asia, and fundamental to traditional Filipino craftsmanship.
Bag linings are either linen (sourced from flax), or cotton (sourced from ... cotton).
Can you explain how your products are ethically produced?
Wicker Darling bags are woven from sustainably, ethically harvested rattan. Our ateliers source rattan from local co-ops and farms to support their communities and to minimise the distance the materials travel. Rattan is sustainably grown, harvested by hand, and by-products are composted.
Bags are handmade by traditional artisans, providing employment with a focus on marginalised communities and nurturing traditional skills and handicrafts, and fostering micro-businesses and individual artisans.
The overall aim is to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible, and to provide meaningful, fairly paid employment opportunities to our Filipino artisans.
What are material substitutions?
Due to ongoing material shortages and supply delays, our ateliers may occasionally need to substitute materials during production, leading to differences between the sample and finished bags. Usually these will be minor, such as substitutions to hardware on bags. Occasionally it may be more significant, such as a different colour of leather for the straps. Where we feel a substitution is significant (such as different colour leather), we will contact our customers to confirm if they are happy to go ahead or would prefer to cancel their order.
Is the uneven dye or fraying on my bag a fault?
Our items are handcrafted from natural materials by our ateliers in the Philippines. As such, each and every bag will have minor differences, whether it's in the wicker, leather work, placement of finishings such as ears, eyes and tails, or in the dye work of the raffia.
These are not faults, but rather a signature of hand craftsmanship from natural materials, and we consider these characteristics to be what makes each of our small batch items a unique and limited edition piece of art.
If your bag arrives with series damage, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team.
Can I request a customisation to my bag?
No, we are unable to offer custom changes to our bags, no matter how large or small. It creates a logistical nightmare along the entire line, from us having to keep track of who has ordered which change, to the production manager, atelier, workers etc who have to track that one bag different from the rest. We respectfully ask that you don't request customisations to your individual bag, as the answer will always be a hard no.