A modern aesthetic twist on Philippine textiles was born out of Kai Yulo’s desire to create a sustainable, community-oriented, and culturally conscious enterprise.
Aside from the fact that she was my classmate in high school, it made me excited to support her endeavour because her approach creates such a captivating awareness of how rich Philippine culture is.
Each piece from Casa Alaia has its own story to tell. Kai finds her vintage chairs through her grandmother’s sukis and by sifting through dusty piles in ukay-ukays, while her fabrics are sourced either directly from weavers or textile fairs and markets.
I get my inspiration from the chairs themselves. The first batch of chairs I found, for example, were very 70s and made out of narra. I wanted to translate the vibrancy of that era by using bright, bold fabrics. My second batch was modern and incorporated a lot of chrome. To compliment them, I chose textiles with interesting, angular patterns and simple colors.
Through Casa Alaia, Kai aspires to empower Filipino women. Textile design and production provides women with a source of income and a means of self-expression. Her long-term goal is to further collaborate with these women with the aim to make their products more appealing to the modern Filipino. Furthermore, she would like to promote the diversity of the Philippine culture by working with locals from different indigenous groups across the country, as well as promote environmental awareness by using organic cotton, natural dyes and other Philippine products.
– for any inquiries on Casa Alaia, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to connect you with Kai –