The Açaí is a palm that originates in the north of the country. It is known
by the Native Indians of Brasil as “Ica-Cai”, the tree that cries. The tree is
native of the Amazon, which covers a lot of Brazilian land but also spreads
to parts of Guiana and Venezuela.
The Açaí is quite famously known for its fruit in which the juice is extracted
and popular for providing energy and nutrition. Today it is also used as a
dietary supplement. The seeds of the Açaí are used to make beautiful fashion
The colors of the Açaí are usually referred to as “white” which actually
resembles a beige tone. Purple is often seen as well. In the making of Açaí
jewelry and accessories, Morototó seeds are also used to compliment the
pieces. Morototó seeds are popular among Native Indians in their craft,
jewelry making and production of pieces for religious rituals.
The Buriti is a palm tree that originates in the state of Maranhao as well as
some parts of the Amazon in Brasil. From its leaves the finest fibers are
chosen to weave purses, bags, hats, etc… It is harvested unripe and later
undergoes a process of drying and treatment in order to retain its qualities.
The tree produces a fruit, also called the “Buriti Fruit”, rich in Vitamin C.
The fruit grows from December to June. The oils extracted from its pulp
contain Vitamin A, which can be used to sooth burns. These oils are also
used in the process of tinting and complimenting our Buriti pieces.
The Capim Dourado or “Golden Grass” derives from a region called the Jalapão in Tocantins, Brazil. In order to preserve and respect the continuous plantations, the Capim Dourado must be harvested precisely assuring that the very end of the plant where the seeds are located, are not tampered with. Usually harvesting takes place after the 20th of September and extends until the beginning of the wet season. This also ensures that the Capim Dourado does not enter the list of extinct plants. The Capim Dourado possesses a beautiful golden tone and it is not only used to make clutches, bags and purses, but jewelry, hats and even home accessories. “Weaving” is usually the term used to craft the special pieces made of Capim Dourado. Strands from leaves of the Buriti Tree, along with natural stones can also be used to add to the pieces.
The Jarina seed grows inside a small fruit of the tree. The tree
belongs to the Arecacea family. Its life begins as a liquid, similar
to coconut water, and slowly transforms into a gelatin like
material. Later it hardens to become the seed; the size of a chicken
The Jarina can be found in locations such as Rondonia, Acre as
well as Amazonas. By using tools such as chisels ring shapes as
well as other jewelry can be made from the Jarina. This seed is
known as nature’s bone, due to its close resemblance to animal
bones during its last phase of growth.
“Machetaria” or “Marquetaria” is the art and technique of decorating flat
surfaces of furniture, jewelry as well as floors and ceilings through the
application of various materials such as wood, metal, stones and animals’
bones using as support the wood. With this technique three dimensional
objects such as sculptures, jewelry, etc, are constructed.
The primary elements such as the ones mentioned above; stones, metals,
animal bones, are shaped perfectly in order to be incrusted into the cavities
of the wood. In some of our pieces, machetaria has been used to attached
part of a seed called “Jarina” or “nature’s bone” as referred to in Brasil to
wooden pieces. Chisels among other tools are used in the process, along
with special glue to mount all of the elements together for a lifetime of
The Pau Brasil is a tree native only to Brasil. The wood possesses a beautiful
color and the same translates into the seeds, which are also vibrant. Most
Pau Brasil Seed Jewelry is kept in its original seed color; red, although
occasionally natural extracts are used to alter the color. Yellow and purple
accessories can be found among other colors. Jewelry made with Pau Brasil
seeds are becoming popular, as they are a better approach for those looking
to being eco conscious.
The Renda Filé is a form of stitching art native of Brasil
where “Filézeiras” (term used for the artists) begin the process of
weaving by using a perforated fishnet screen and weaving in and out of
the holes to form various designs. The final product slightly resembles
the art of crochet but is rather very different. The process of weaving
alone is known to be much more difficult. The strands used are 100%
cotton making this handmade beauty also Eco Conscious.
Years ago the women and wives of the fisherman invented the craft by
acquiring the material used to make fishnets and creating a board where
the beautiful pieces are woven. Today the art and tradition continues
to be preserved and performed by the older generations of women,
although the younger generations are less interested in the actual making
of the Renda Filé pieces. Multiple colors are used to make floral designs