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#171 Capiz Shell Chandelier

Capiz shell chandelier is an iconic Pinoy product that has mutated in various forms and colors. Enter any souvenir shop in the Philippines and you’d not miss these handmade chandeliers.

Capiz shell is a flat, semi-transparent shell with a pearlescent appearance and is often used in interior decorating. Geographically speaking, Capiz is an island province in central Philippines facing the Sibuyan Sea to the north. The eponymous shell is the outer shell of the marine mollusk, Placuna placenta, found in shallow Philippine coastal waters. The Capiz chandelier adds or create a breezy and coastal feel. But grand versions of this chandelier- with an equally grand prize tag!- can be quite elegant and is often found in the homes of the rich.

Mabuhay ang Capiz Shell Chandelier!

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#101 Capiz windows

Capiz window and panelling

Known outside the Philippines as ‘exotic windowpane oyster panels,’ the Capiz window is an all-time classic in Philippine colonial architecture.

Mostly found in Spanish-Filipino colonial houses in northern Philippines, Capiz window panels combine the beauty of cut and polished oyster shells with Philippine hardwood. A work of craftsmanship, Capiz windows are held together by pegs or dowels, with the Capiz shells cut and polished by hand. Capiz panels, windows or screen dividers provide diffused natural interior lighting, lending the classic colonial look.

Today modern air-conditioning and window styles have replaced Capiz windows and Capiz-styled screens are seldom seen except in ancestral houses built before World War 2. Artisans are also hard to find since Capiz window and panelling are labor intensive and are relatively expensive compared with modern window constructions.

Long live Philippine furniture-making!

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