Capiz Cat Bookmark, Phillipines
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Kitty keeps your place in the book. Cat-themed bookmark is handcrafted from capiz shell and wire. Capiz is the thin shell of a marine mollusk. First artisans wash and soak shells. After the shells have dried, they are cut into shapes and edged with metal wire. A finishing coat of varnish completes this labor-intensive process. Before glass windows became available in the Philippines, capiz was used for windows in houses.
Capiz shell, brass
Assorted colours: white, pink and black face
Dimensions: 5" H x 2.5" W / 13 cm H x 5 cm W