Golden grass, capim dourado eco-jewellery
Come and discover the sustainable gold that is taking the world by a storm. Golden grass, the Brazilian golden plant with a long gilded golden stem which is only found in the Brazilian Jalapao wetlands. Its main characteristic is its natural brightness and golden colour, hence its common name “capim dourado,” which means “golden grass,” the plant is protected and has limited harvest each year.
Artisans from the local communities in Jalapao have mastered the craftsmanship of weaving this beautiful grass into amazing pieces of eco-jewellery and home decors such as earrings, handbags, bracelets, necklaces, vases, tables and other decorative items without using any die or coloring pigments.
The art of working with golden grass was previously taught to local women by indigenous people throughout the region around the 1930s, probably from the Xerente ethnic group, by using spines like needles to weave and sew the grass. The golden grass is protected by Brazilian laws regulating the manner and time of harvest. It grows without use of pesticides or other toxic chemicals and is harvested and processed in an eco-friendly manner. It can only be harvested between September 20th and November 20th. At harvest, the flowers are cut and scattered in the wet grassland where they were harvested. It is illegal to market the golden grass before turning it into craft; this supports the sustainability of the golden grass handicraft work and the livelihoods of those producing it.