Narda’s collaboration with the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) allows Narda’s access to other raw materials like local cotton, cotton abaca, and cotton piña.

If Narda’s relies solely on it’s pride as a company—Narda’s weavers—it would have been bound by tradition to depend on trade to get these materials for our weavers to use.

Today, we are looking toward using fibers extracted from four locally available plant sources that we submits for evaluation: the lobster claw, runo, rattan, and sunflower.

So far the results have shown that among the four, lobster claw has potential.

Imagine how empowering it is for Narda’s workers to look at these plants growing within the vicinity of Narda’s workshop and know that there can be textiles made from them…