A rock­ing carabo toy hand­made from rat­tan

Your child’s first les­son on lo­cal weaves and an­i­mals

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT YAZHMIN MALAJITO PHO­TOG­RA­PHY JP TALAPIAN

Months be­fore a preg­nant woman’s wa­ter breaks and uter­ine mus­cles con­tract, she wres­tles against emo­tional and phys­i­cal stres­sors and var­i­ous moods and urges. Sud­denly, there are count­less things to ag­o­nize about: Can I af­ford this baby? Is sushi re­ally bad for me? I need to deep clean and baby-proof this house.

That last re­cur­ring thought is also called nest­ing, an urge of a mother-to-be to scrub and or­ga­nize ev­ery nook and cranny of her off­spring’s fu­ture home to en­sure safety. It was dur­ing this nest­ing phase that busi­ness­woman Au­drey Pastelero un­con­sciously started a brand that helps par­ents cre­ate fun spa­ces for their chil­dren. “Fun Nest be­gan when I was preg­nant with my son. I went on a crazy nest­ing mode fix­ing his nurs­ery. One thing led to an­other, and now I have a brand where I sell cre­ations in­spired by my son,” says Pastelero.

One of Fun Nest’s lat­est pieces is the Kal­abaw Rocker, hand­made from flex­i­ble heat-formed and -bent rat­tan at a work­shop in Pan­gasi­nan by a lo­cal weav­ing com­mu­nity. One wick­er­work of art takes about a day to com­plete. The idea came to Pastelero when she was watch­ing crafts­men bend and weave the wood when she was hav­ing pea­cock chairs made. “[I also wanted] to teach my son about some­thing closer to home,” she says, thus the carabao rock­ing toy.

Kal­abaw Rocker comes in small and medium sizes, and in col­ors brown, black, and white.

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