All our jewels are handmade of Golden Grass ”Capim Dourado” or Buriti fiber in Brazil.
“ CAPIM DOURADO “
Golden Grass or " Capim Dourado " is a specie of grass that exists only in the region of Jalapão in the Brazilian state of Tocantins.
It's main feature is the color that resembles the colour of gold. The Flower of golden grass opens between July & August. After being pollinated, they produce seeds that are mature from September on.
It is at that time that the rods are dry and shiny and the extraction can be allowed only during this period.
The naturatins, trough the state park of the Jalapão, created a law for the collection of Golden Grass ( Decree nr 092/2005) that specifies that it can only be collected after 20th of September and that at the time of harvest, the flowers should be cut off and thrown in the wet field where they were harvested.
There are in addition to these, other regulations in the state of Tocatins prohibiting material " In Natura" to leave the region.
Our designers create the pieces and are then produced by local communities, aiming at sustainability of the region.
The "Buriti" is a very tall palm tree that usually occurs in the north of South America. In Brazil mainly in the provinces of Maranhão & Rondônia. It is also known in those regions as the "Buritizeiro", "Muriti" or popularly as "Swamp Palm Tree".
For our work we use the "silk" of palm eyes, these are the fibers that we find it in the inner part of a "palm eye". The fibers come from younger Buriti, 4 to 10 meters high.
The harvest does not have exact seasons, it can happen all year round. Each young Buriti produces about 5 "palm eyes" per year.In order to work sustainably, all eyes are never harvested at once and there is a waiting period of 6 to 8 months to use fibers from the same tree. This gives the Buriti a chance to recover and ensure its survival.
Buriti is also used for other applications.
Candy is made from his pulp, oil from the fruit & baskets or toys of its leaves. This always with the sustainability and well-being of the Buriti in the first place.
The local population therefore also refers to the Buriti as the "Tree of Life"
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