TAMPIPI

 

This is the Filipino equivalent of what Americans refer to as a "Mexican suitcase" except that a tampipi is traditionally made of bamboo material.

Before the Spaniards popularized the maleta (suitcase or valise), native Filipinos venturing from the barrio to the big city would pack his clothes and other personal belongings in a tampipi, a box-like container made from strips of bamboo or like material.