Capim Dourado Craftwork

This is kind of craftwork is typical from the region of Jalapão, made with capim dourado (golden grass), which is the stem of a white flower from the family of evergreens, scientifically known as Syngonanthus niten. There are more than fifty products made with capim dourado and, amongst which we can highlight purses, bracelets, pots, earrings, hats, mandalas and ornaments of all kinds.

Guilhermina Ribeiro da Silva, known as Dona Miúda, who died in 2010, was one of the most important craftswoman. She learned her trade with her mother, who learned from her grandmother, a legacy from the Xerente Indigenous people. Dona Miúda was able to raise her twelve children solely relying on the income provided by craftwork. She would travel with her children to nearby town trying to sell the pieces she produced.

The art of molding capim dourado is passed on from generation to generation in the villages where it first started, like Ponte Alta, Novo Acordo, Santa Tereza, Lagoa do Tocantins and the villages Prata, Mumbuca and Mateiros, all in the Jalapão region, being an important source of income for many families.

Nowadays, capim dourado has gained popularity and is present not only in Tocantins, but is also widely used in Brazil and even in other countries. It was granted a Geographic Identification tag, which is a certification that the product possesses certain qualities and is made according to traditional methods, being an unique product, typical of Tocantins.

Where to find: in the Mumbuca Community there is a craft store with pieces in capim dourado. You can get to the Community through the road to São Félix (TO-110), 22 km from Mateiros.