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colorful chandeliers and curtains made of Philippine mother-of-pearl from the oyster Placuna placenta or capiz. Since the 1500s during the Filipino Spanish period, these shells were used for windowpanes on houses. The shellfish is named after Capiz, a province in Panay Island where it is common. Capiz shell products have been exported to the Europe and the rest of the world for the past 300 years.


photo taken in a local trade fair exhibit in Minglaniila, Cebu, the Phlippines


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Taken on August 14, 2005