Triangle pattern created from the outer side of the black lip shell
Most of our shells come from molluscs that are harvested for food in coastal communities (hatchet shell, troca shell). Instead of discarding them, we encourage their collection and cleaning for inlay. This supplements incomes. Some shells have traditional decorative value (capiz, abalone). The shells are inlaid and left unsealed so that their natural pearlescence is unspoiled. We enhance the beauty of the shells by various methods; selecting for colour, cutting in different shapes, cracking and crushing.