Capiz shells come from the outer shells of marine mollusk, Placuna placenta, which is predominant in the shallow coastal waters of the Philippines. It has flat, semi-transparent and pearly appearance. Capiz shells are versatile materials that have many uses.
In the Philippines, using Capiz shells to make window shutters is popular on traditional homes built hundreds of years ago. Some of these homes are still in existence today. Some homeowners, who love to nostalgic feel of traditional Filipino homes, opt for Capiz windows instead of the more modernized and energy-efficient double paned windows. Sliding Capiz window shutters let in the breeze in order to achieve good air circulation in this usually humid archipelago.
Due to the demands for more efficient windows, which you can find in most modern types of windows, production of Capiz windows has dwindled. If you want to see authentic pieces, most ancestral and historic homes still have them. Many owners of existing homes with Capiz windows replace their windows with newer ones, much to the delight of salvage yards owners who sell them for a profit. Collectors or homeowners who want to stay true to their heritage purchase the old Capiz windows from salvage yards to use as windows or decorations.
Capiz shells are among interior decorating world’s finest discoveries. Aside from the fact that they are lightweight, the Capiz shells stand out as main pieces of artwork or as accents to add flair to a dull room.
Use Capiz windows as dividers. The Capiz is quite expensive and to have a decorative divider made of Capiz inside your home is definitely jewel and an intricate piece to boast. Apart from it beauty, it also offers a makeshift privacy for certain spaces inside the master’s bedroom.
A lamp shade made of Capiz shells is truly a sight to behold. The glowing translucent shells give a room that elegant and rich feeling. The blend of light and shade gives that relaxing and content feeling. No wonder, most spa salons have lights adorned with Capiz hanging over trees and bamboo posts. In Manila, where big ancestral houses have big trees in the middle of their gardens, homeowners put Capiz miniature lanterns on branches. When evenings come, the lighted lanterns will illuminate in the dark. Substitute ordinary holiday ornaments with Capiz miniature lanterns.
Beautify your mirrors by bordering them with Capiz shells to add a class of elegance. It gives the room a touch of class and elegance. Most interior designers and homeowners even go as far as mounting the mirror on hard wood, then adding Capiz on the borders for that final touch.
Doors for Bathrooms and Inner Pathways
Capiz windows can replace inner doors, most especially for bathrooms. Since most Capiz windows are big and sturdy, they can transform to sliding doors. Use Capiz windows to designate pathways and entrances to other parts of the house.