Kataw - Visayan Sea Plant Hanger
100% Funding for Marine Restoration Program
Description:One of the classic designs comprising the shell craft of Norther Cebu, these handcrafted plant hangers are made with love by the women of Bantayan Island, Cebu Philippines.
On November 8th, 2014 Typhoon Yolanda blazed through the Visaya region of the Philippines leaving a wake of destruction in its path. In response to their desire to help; a group of individuals from across the globe traveled to Bantayan Island to do anything and everything they could to help those who lost their homes and belongings to one of the strongest and largest storms in recorded history. Within 90 days of arriving, Young Pioneer Disaster Response was formed and a partnership with Polish Humanitarian Action was well underway. In the past 9 months almost 900 homes have been built, multiple schools renovated, thousands of medical missions coordinated and two innovative and restorative livelihood projects have been initiated with an emphasis on social, cultural, environmental and economic equity.
On July 8th, 2014 23 women gathered together at YPDR basecamp in Santa Fe, Cebu, Philippines and a women’s fine craft co-operative was formed, Kataw Handicrafts. A collective with roots in the centuries old art of shellcraft, these women spend their days collecting, creating, and collaborating on new and innovative designs constructed of shells native to the waters surrounding the Island of Bantayan.
Cultivating resiliency through the power of creative design, Kataw Handicrafts weaves together community based empowerment with strategic distribution techniques in a effort to share these unique creations with as much of the world as possible. All jewelry is a suggested donation with proceeds being funneled directly back into both Kataw Handicrafts and YPDR’s Marine Restoration Program.
With years of dynamite fishing in the seas surrounding Bantayan as well as the often-overlooked underwater destruction of Typhoon Yolanda, initial estimates of remaining hard live coral are at 3-20%. In response to the imperative need for a direct response to the alarming decline in subterranean architecture of the Visayan Sea, one of the most bio-diverse tipping points on earth, YPDR began constructing marine domes. These natural structures are made of bamboo and limestone and provide a place for fish to dwell and flourish, encouraging an oceanic environment rich enough for generations to be in addition to offering local islanders an employment opportunity in facilitating the restoration of the waters of their native island.
Much like the mermaid of legends past, the designs of Kataw are a timeless remembrance infused with the essence of Vitamin Sea.
Shipping Details:$10 domestic - (U.S. and Philippines)
$30 international -please add paypal payment with a note stating country for international orders outside US/PH
Shipping fee: $10.00