Approximate Size: L 4" x W 4" x H 2"
This beautiful Capiz Shell keepsake trinket box is made in the Philippines by hand from the outer shells of farm raised, sustainable Windowpane Oysters (Placuna placenta). The shells are softened with heat and shaped into boxes. The life-like vibrant image is airbrushed by hand. The natural lustre of the shell provides a stunning iridescent effect. Perfect for storing jewelry, keys, change, etc., or just to have as a decor item.
Capiz is the name of the town on the island of Panay near where Windowpane Oysters were originally harvested. They are found only in the shallow coastal waters of the Philippine and Indonesian island chains. They are plentiful and are used for food. There are no regulations or environmental concerns related to their use in this traditional native Philippine handcraft.
It is interesting to note that Capiz seashells are translucent enough to allow light to pass through, and they were actually used to make windows in Philippine colonial days. Hence the name Windowpane Oysters. Some of these windows can be seen in older houses throughout the Philippines.Please note that the product you receive may have slight color variations as each individual box is painted by hand.