The mission of KATAO Living Traditions is threefold. PRESERVE the arts and cultural practices of the Philippines. SUSTAIN those traditions through education and practice. RECOVER those arts which have fallen into disuse or extinction.
Summer Pintados shirt now available! Just in time for the summer season. When the Spanish arrived in the group of islands that later became known as the Philippines in the 16th century, they called it "Islas de los pintados" meaning Islands of the painted ones. This image is from the Boxer Codex 1590 depicting Visayan tattooed men.
Katao is currently a self-funded organization. Proceeds of product sales will go towards funding our projects.