Capiz is a flat, oysterlike shell which is found in large quantities in the waters round the Philippine islands. The shell is rather round and flat. In Spanish colonial times they were mainly used for windows in houses because of their translucent nature. This makes it an ideal basic material for Kinta’s Capiz: an artistic collection of handmade lamps, mood lighting and other home accessories.
Production method 1.
For the production of lamps, mobiles and candle holders the shells are washed and cut in various shapes. Sometimes they are coloured, while their translucent character is kept intact. Then the shapes are joined together with nylon thread or they are soldered together.
Production method 2.
For the making of jewelry, Christmas decorations, photo frames and small boxes the shells are first soaked, then ‘ folded’ round the right mold, dried and for reinforcement they are brushed with a nontoxic resin. Once they are dry they are painted and decorated with striking patterns. By and for Kinta.
Kinta has already been cooperating for years with various capiz producers at various locations (in Manila and Cebu). The products in Cebu are produced by family businesses under supervision of our local coordinator. She values the wellbeing and working conditions of the workers highly. The production in Manila is taken care of by an old family business with over fifty workers. It works together with a number of smaller cooperations.
We recommend washing the capiz if necessary – in the case of laminated capiz only for a short time – in lukewarm soapy water. Do not put into a dishwasher or microwave. Avoid scratches on the surface by sharp objects.
For capiz candle holders the safety advice for the burning of candles applies:
Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame before it comes too close to the holder.