These meticulously woven baskets are made from Capim Dourado, or Golden Grass, a natural material unlike any we've seen before. True to its name, the fine grass has a golden sheen that truly looks like a fine metal and is similarly rare, growing only in the remote northeastern Jalapão region of Tocatins, Brazil.
Since its discovery by runaway slaves from the northeastern state of Bahia more than a century ago, the durable grass - now on the verge of extinction - has been utilized to make all manner of utilitarian and ornamental goods. In recent years, to protect the species and the tiny communities whose livelihood depend on it, stringent regulations have been enacted, permitting only a very narrow, sustainable harvest season.
Approximately 7" x 5.5" x 6" tall
Handmade in Tocantins, Brazil
Golden Grass and Buriti Straw detail