Impact

At Narra Studio, we work directly with culture bearers, traditional artisans, and indigenous communities throughout the Philippines and provide them a way to expand the reach of their work. With great dedication, each piece they create requires of hours of work—and often takes years of practice and centuries of tradition. It’s hard to look at one of these products without feeling a deep sense of awe for the person who crafted it. Each product is made with care and dedication using traditional techniques that are environmentally sustainable.

Each purchase you make supports artisans dedicated to their craft. When these artisans are able to practice their craft sustainably, they’re also able to pass their knowledge and skills onto the next generation, preserving ancestral traditions and communities for years to come.

A purchase you make today can have a positive impact on traditional Filipino communities for years—and generations—to come.

Giving

In addition to empowering our Philippine partner artisans and communities by recirculating and re-investing Narra Studio's proceeds back to the artisans and communities themselves, we are proud to support others through sponsorship, charitable donations, and emergency relief provisions. We envision growing our giving-capacity even more in the future.

Since Narra Studio was founded in late 2019, we have supported the following:

Sabokahan

Sabokahan is a a grassroots organization led by and composed of Lumad (indigenous) women advancing their rights, dignity & empowerment. We are continuous monthly donors to Sabokahan to help women to meet their basic needs in evacuation, and sustain them as they continue their struggle for the rights of Lumad women, and for the defense of their ancestral lands. Visit here and Liyang Network to learn more.

Typhoon Relief in Cagayan, Philippines

November 2020 - The devastating flooding in Cagayan Valley from Typhoon Ulysses was heartbreaking to witness, even from afar. With proceeds from the sales of our new Ifugao Nation weaves, we donated $500 towards relief efforts led by Indigenous People (many thanks to Prof. Mac!) and utilized the remaining proceeds to further support the Kiyyangan Weavers Association in Kiangan, Ifugao.

Indigenous Peoples Month, Philippines

October 2020 - In celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day and Month in the Philippines, we sponsored food, drinks, and giveaways for the kids at Garangan, SLT Calinog, Iloilo. It was a resounding success!

October 2020 - Also in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Month in the Philippines, we contributed to the Tboli Ubo Community Center and Learning Library. 

The Ifugao Ethnographic Encyclopedia

We donated $250 towards the project of Sir Marlon Martin, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Ifugao, Philippines, and Dr. Stephen Acabado, to achieve the goal of publishing (print and online) an Ifugao ethnographic encyclopedia. Donations cover research, travel to museums where Ifugao ethnographic cultural materials are curated (i.e. Field Museum and Smithsonian Institution), photography, and publication (print and online). 

COVID-19 RELIEF PROVISIONS

Proud to have provided over 1500 lbs. of rice and food donations for Manila families in need during Covid-19.

Mangyan Heritage Center

In collaboration with the Mangyan Heritage Center and Lions Clubs International - Calapan, we were able to extend food aid to 50 Mangyan families in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, after Typhoon Tisoy, 2019.

FILIPINO/AMERICAN ARTIST DIRECTORY 

Narra Studio provided a month-long sponsorship to connect and make visible the broad community of visual artists of Filipino heritage living and working in and between the United States and the Philippines.

RAISED PINAY

We were an official sponsor for 2020 Raised Pinay, a community-centered benefit production based on original stories & performances by an all­-Pilipina cast.

BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100

In collaboration with Raised Pinay, we contributed our support to BYP100, a national member-based organization of 18-35 year old activists and organizers creating freedom and justice for all Black people through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens.

ROOTS OF HEALTH

We sponsored the complete pre-natal care of a mom through the entirety of her pregnancy! <3