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The Golden Grass is a natural raw material, a grass-like species, which exists in the region of Jalapão, state of Tocantins, in Brazil. Its natural color is gold, with no added dye and has an enchanting glow.

The Golden Grass harvest is protected by Brazilian law to avoid its extinction. It’s made on specific dates of the year and the craftsmen undertake to comply with and respect its norms to preserve the local handicrafts’ raw material, because it is the source of income for many local families who use the Golden Grass to produce goods from clothing to decorative pieces.

The acquisition of Golden Grass in natura is controlled and prohibited by the State of Tocantins regulations, since it does not exist anywhere else in the world. It can only be acquired after it’s been processed; this aims to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the region.


The Buriti Straw is extracted from a palm tree that can be found in several regions of the world, popularly known as Buriti Palm Tree. It is a very tall tree, making it difficult (but not impossible) the extraction of the straw.

The craftsmen use what we call the palm tree silk to produce the strings of Buriti, a fiber extracted from the eye of the plant (the Buriti eye is the latest leaf that has not opened yet), which is four to ten meters high. Unlike the golden grass, its harvest is not supervised and it can be done year-round, but the craftsmen who survive from this raw material have the sense to leave a time range from about 6-8 months between one extraction and another to ensure the survival of the plant.

The Buriti palm tree is called by locals the Tree of Life, for the Buriti is a material that can be applied in several sectors: from the pulp are made sweets; from the fruit, oil and soap; from the bark are manufactured roofs, baskets, toys and other goods. The Buriti is used for a variety of things, and it lives up to its name.