The Golden Grass
Also know as Golden Grass, the Capim Dourado is a plant that grows naturally only in the remote region of Jalapao in the state of Tocantins nell’nord east of Brazil. Its scientific name is Syngonanthus nitens, is an herb belonging to the family Eriocaulace. It ‘a plant cultivated and comes in the form of thin stems and a small flower on top which is cut and dropped to the ground to encourage natural reseeding, all of this takes place during the collection process which is carried out only once a ‘year in the months of September and October.
In fact, this plant was initially green and takes a full year to mature its bright gold color. Being its a color of an authentic brilliance similar to gold and doesn’t change shape even in contact with water. This plant is completely hypoallergenic, is not part of the grass family so it can be worn by all.
Another key feature of capim golden grass is its unmistakable lightness which makes it practical to be worn by people with cervical soggete tendinitis, and especially for the lovers of gaudy earrings is great for avoiding the annoying stressamento lobe of the ear.
All these features make the capim the material par excellence for achievements jewelry made with meticulous attention to details and the use of semi-precious materials certified and non-allergenic.
History of Capim Dourado
An ancient plant the initial processing were esegiute by the Indians of the north of Goias. They cut the grass and they sewed using the spines of some thorny cactus needles as they were, initially making household utensils, baskets, containers of various types, etc.. Came into contact with blacks of quilombolas, Indians delivered them so that this technique became more widespread especially since you began to associate the creations capim type jewelry accessories. This type of craft was shown to the public in 1993 at the first FECOARTE (Folklore and Crafts Fair food typical of the state of Tocantins) in Palmas Tocantins. Encouraged by the first lady of the town, Eleoussa Miranda Costa, artisans have sparked public appreciation and authorities from all over Brazil, still making competitions and contests for the best processing capim.
To weave and attach the stems of grass, they used the so-called “olho do Buriti” resistant filaments contained in the trunk of the palm Buriti. Since This means to shoot down a ‘whole palm to approvvigionarsene and many fear that this craft can make extinguish ilburitì, was introduced a few years as an alternative floss gold color that best highlights the brightness of creating capim a watermark effect, also is much more resistant and at the same time equally hypoallergenic.
A form of craftsmanship that goes from one generation to another, enriching always more that goes steadily around the world.