Beautiful Golden Grass Stems Accessories by Brazilian Artisans from Jalapao

Table made covered with Golden Grass stems surface Photo© Rosenbaum

Partnerships in which designers work with artisans to improve their products, thus helping them get better income, are very popular in Latin America, and some of my favorite projects. Not only they encourage the use of local sustainable resources (since artisans usually work with natural materials), but they also empower artisans and move them to improve and pass on their skills to younger generations.

Initiatives such as Imaginario Pernambucano, Oficina Nomade, Caranday Quinua and Made in Mimbre are some examples from Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Golden Grass stems dish Photo© Rosenbaum

Golden Grass stems fountain Photo© Rosenbaum

Through a collaboration between Brazilian designer Marcelo Rosenbaum and the local chapter of the Brazilian Service for Support to Micro and Small Companies (SEBRAE) comes another one of these partnerships: the Jalapa collection.

Its products are made with the stems of a small flower that grows in the paths of state park Jalapao, the so-called Golden Grass or Capim Dourado, which are turned into fashion and home accessories by local artisans.

Golden Grass stems dish Photo© Rosenbaum

This species with golden color stems doesn’t grow anywhere else in the world, and the practice to turn it into products dates back to artisans descendent from African slaves, who learned the craft from local indigenous communities. Its harvest is now regulated by the Tocantis state government to ensure it’s only collected at the right time of the year (September).

Rosenbaum carried a workshop to help artisans develop new beautiful products, which include tables, plates, and maxi-jewelry, among others.

Golden Grass stems necklace Photo© Rosenbaum

Golden Grass stems bracelets Photo© Rosenbaum

They are commercialized by the Capim Dourado Pontealtense Association, whose contact details are at the designer’s website.

Golden Grass stems piece of jewelry Photo© Rosenbaum

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