The windowpane oyster (Placuna placenta) or Capiz shells or Pios shells are shells that are found in a province in the Philippines called Capiz and is a bivalve marine mollusk in the family of Placunidae. They are edible, but valued more for the shells and pearls. The shells have been used for thousands of years as a glass substitute because of their durability and translucence. More recently they have been used in the manufacture of decorative items like chandeliers and lampshades. Shells are also used as raw materials for glue, chalk, and varnish.
A capiz shell, which is found on the coastal waters, is the outer shell of a marine mollusk. The shell is a flat, semi-transparent shell with a pearlescent appearance. The capiz shells are very important to the culture of the capiz people; it is the way that the people in capiz earn money. The shells are not endangered, so there are plenty of Capiz shells in the Philippines, and the government supports the harvesting of these shells.
What is the capiz shell’s impact on the local ecology of the Philippines? Is it useful for anything else other than jewelry, lamps, ornaments, chandeliers, interiors, walls, or as fashion accents? Will there always be a plentiful amount of the capiz Shells in the Philippines or will these shells be endangered one day? How would the people’s livelihood that depends on these shells for an income change if these shells weren’t there anymore? Is the Philippine government really aware of how many shells are left over?
Capiz shells are earning worldwide recognition, and are used to make almost anything. What are some of the things that can be made out of capiz shells? In a Philippine internet review about the province of Capiz, some of the uses of the capiz shells are for lanterns, lampshades, decorative bowls, curtains, window panels and frames, and eating utensils.
Common Names and Synonyms:
Capiz Shells are also known as Placuna placenta. This shell is otherwise known as the kapis shell, capiz shell, Hatchet-footed shells, and the windowpane oyster. In the Philippines, the shells are simply known as Capiz Shells. The Capiz Shell originally got its name because it was harvested near and found in abundance in a small town of Capiz which is located in the Philippines.
Importance to People:
Capiz Shells are used for many purposes. Capiz shells can be used as windowpanes, jewelry, ornaments, food, kitchen utensils, and for fashion. Capiz shells can be used as food. To reduce damage to the shells, they are allowed to dry and open naturally. The meat is then removed and, because of its high protein content, is often used as a component for poultry and shrimp feeds.
There are several ideas about using the Capiz shells as a resource in the Philippines. Capiz shells can be used as food for people and used as a way for people to make a living. The major producing country of capiz shells is the Philippines and exported US$36 million worth of Capiz products between 1986 and 1991. The Filipinos can make even more money using this resource as the demands increase, which creates jobs in the capiz factories in the Philippines. Watch the video below.