Shells' Paradise


Foto: Glauco Frizzera

The Unknown Future

The shellcraft goes on being each time more valued and appreciated. Today, the artisans have public spaces to show their craft, some of them exclusive. There are public squares, trade shows, stores for tourists, exhibits in hotels, and government or private organizations’ locales.

However, the shell craft production no longer shares the same splendor of the past decades. Altair Santana believes this is a result of the lack of quality of the pieces, the excess of production is killing the creativity. Another factor is that, becoming a formal business, the excess of taxes of the Brazilian government put a heavy burden on the pieces.

Today, with the spread and popularization of the craft, it is too expensive to keep registered workers.