The grass that shines like gold
04/09/2008 – SECOM
The golden grass is a natural plant of the southeast region of Tocantins, known as Jalapão. Little is known about the origin of the plant that grows in Tocantins. It grows between the months of April and July and the harvest is between the months of August and September. Only in the last 50 years has the grass been utilized for objects of confection, at first only for personal use.
Mumbuca, village which is 32 km from the city of Mateiros, located 399 km from Palmas, is the birthplace of the craft. There, lives a population of former slaves, remnants of quilombos. However, this craft today is also produced in the towns of Prata (a village of San Felix), Ponte Alta and Novo Acordo. It is an art that passes from mother to child, from generation to generation. Some believe the origin of this art began with the coexistence with the Xerente Indians, who also work with this grass.
From golden grass are handcrafted bags, pots, bracelets, earrings, mandalas, (beautiful round wall hangings), hats, and decorations. There are nearly 50 different products created in rounded formats since the fiber does not allow folding.
Starting from the year 2000 golden grass products have become known in the large urban centers of Brazil, like Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Today it is found almost all over the country and also abroad. The Government of the State, through the Cultural Foundation, started encouraging the production by holding design workshops to improve the technique of artisans and thus making the pieces marketable.