style by Emil Hofileña

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Narda’s Handwoven Bags

Support local with these indigenous, Cordillera ikat bags with a modern twist.

We present 12 days of last minute gift ideas. Check back each day for new, increasingly desperate gift ideas as Christmas day draws closer and closer. 

On the third day of Christmas…

At the height of the Christmas shopping season, the list of people you have to buy presents for can seem endless. Even if you don’t come from a big family, you still have to figure out what to get for your friends, schoolmates, officemates, and distant relatives you’ve never even met. But amidst all the hustle and bustle, let’s also remember to support our local communities that spend so much time making gifts but get such little thanks in return.

A good place to start would be at Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts. Their products range from clothes and shawls to pillowcases and placemats, but we recommend their wide variety of simple and sturdy ikat bags. Their Laptop Bag and Sling Back Pack in particular feature Narda’s striking signature patterns, and are great gifts for both guys and girls.

They’re ideal for practically anybody—that student whose old pack is worn down and torn up at the end of a bad semester, that hippie tita whose aesthetic revolves around handcrafted items, and even that outgoing friend who spends every free moment running marathons, climbing mountains, and getting closer to nature. But most importantly, buying Narda’s means supporting our weavers from the Cordillera region and validating the traditions of indigenous Filipinos—not a bad way to spend the holidays.

Illustration by Diigii Daguna

SHOP NARDA’S HANDWOVEN ARTS & CRAFTS ONLINE AT WWW.NARDAS.COM AND ENJOY FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES. IF YOU CAN’T VISIT THEIR BRANCHES IN BAGUIO, PAMPANGA, OR BENGUET, FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AT @NARDASPH.
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Emil Hofileña
Emil is a staff writer at Rogue Media. He spends way too much time and money watching movies, crying to Hamilton, and fawning over Carly Rae Jepsen. He believes all stories are worth telling. Follow him on Youtube at youtube.com/cinemil and on Twitter at @EmilHofilena.
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