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A picture frame crafted from materials straight from the sea. Capiz is the thin, off-white shell of the windowpane oyster. Divers retrieve the shells from the local sea (holding their breath to complete the task!) then makers wash and soak them. After the shells have dried, they are cut into shapes. A wire edge and a shiny coat of varnish complete this labour-intensive process. Handmade by makers from Saffy Handicrafts in the Philippines. Saffy provides employment for more than 1,000 people. These artisans benefit from educational seminars, vocational training, financial and medical assistance and profit sharing.
Frame 9" x 7" (inches)
Photo 4" x 6" (inches)