Capiz — Coming Out of Its Shell

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The capiz is a pretty common mollusk around South and Southeast Asia, prized more for its beautiful shell than its edible flesh. When I was growing up, I usually found it in windows of quaint old houses in the Philippines, or used as material in bric-a-bric peddled by old ladies in tourist shops. This is probably why I had always thought that anything made out of capiz shells were old-fashioned.

Spanish colonial capiz windowpanes. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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But in recent years, I was glad to be proven wrong and be enlightened on the enduring beauty and versatility of this mollusk. I was surprised at how it can be integrated into modern architecture and design. They have a gorgeous texture, pearly luster, and a wonderful translucent quality that brings a lovely warmth into any space.

The very basic capiz material. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Capiz shells make dazzlingly beautiful lamps and chandeliers, as their translucence filters light through and bathes the room in a soft glow. On furniture, walls, and home decor they lend exquisite sheen and texture which really kicks up the wow factor.

Wall Tiles

Capiz Wall Tiles. Image via La Casa Deco.

Image via La Casa Deco


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3-drawer capiz chest. Image from Country Wood Furniture.

Home Accessories

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Via The Diplomatic Wife

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