NARRA STUDIO was founded with two goals in mind: to celebrate the diverse and rich heritages of the Philippines and to connect Filipinos around the world to the talented weavers and artisan makers of the motherland.
NARRA's founder Katte Geneta is a Filipino American artist and non-profit museum director of design who grew up in New York City, longing for a deeper connection to her ancestry and culture. As she learned more about the weaving traditions of the Philippines, she became eventually became a weaver herself, learning how to spin farm-grown Philippine cotton by hand.
During a chance conversation with a weaver from Kalinga, up in the Corderilla mountains of Luzon, the weaver asked Katte to offer her weaving in the U.S. And that is how NARRA STUDIO began.
By connecting with the beauty and artistry of the Philippines, Katte felt closer to her Filipino identity. She set a goal to bring Philippine habi to America and to help Filipinos around the world connect with their heritage.
NARRA is the fruition of this dream.
FOR THE CULTURE
At NARRA STUDIO, we work directly with culture bearers, traditional artisans, and indigenous communities throughout the Philippines and provide them a way to expand their reach, a place to showcase their work in the U.S. All of our proceeds are proudly re-circulated and re-invested back to our partner artisan communities and donated to charitable organizations and communities.
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 for years to come.
A purchase you make today can have a positive impact on indigenous and traditional Filipino communities for years—and generations—to come.
NARRA STUDIO aims to bridge indigenous artisans and cultural communities with kapwa and kababayan worldwide, especially Filipinx of the diaspora.
Each NARRA STUDIO item is the product of hours of work—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.
This is something our founder realized when she first started exploring handwoven Filipino fabrics: In the fabrics woven by manghahabi weavers are centuries of ancestors telling stories on clothing and skin. This sense of connection is something she hopes to impart to Filipinos around the world who want to connect with their culture.
Proudly representing the artistry of:
ABRA – BLAAN – BONTOC – BUKIDNON – IFUGAO – ILOCOS – ITNEG/TINGGUIAN – KALINGA – LUMBAN – MAGUINDANAO – MANGYAN – PALA’WAN – TAUSUG – TBOLI – YAKAN
— Established 2019, New York City —