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My name is Marino Brito; my father, Rafael Brito, started this tradition over 30 years ago working different materials like wood, bones and horns apart from the coconut shells. Back then, he was working alone, making almost anything from handbags to trays, lamps and jewelry boxes.

 

I joined him in 1985, and immediately started introducing new pieces, including the now famous coconut shell butterflies series, winner of UNESCO’S Seal of Excellence.

 
Originally inspired by the Mirabal sisters (Dominican heroines), the butterflies cover today most of our sales. We make them as whole (the butterfly itself as a piece) or painted as part of some other item’s decoration (hair clips, earrings and brooches among others).
 
 
Our workshop is now a fully functional small factory, with 12 employees including myself and my lovely wife Reyna. Our production process stars when we purchase the whole coconut; we need to buy it whole, so we control the quality of the material to be used. We then separate the hard shell of the fruit and sell the eatable pulp to local fruit preserv producers. This way the complete fruit is used, there is no waste in nature's product, this is our contribution to the environment. 
 
We strive for excellence and we are always looking to create new products.
 
This is our office, a recycled old school bus. 
 
 
If you want to contact Marino Brito at ARTECO, please send us an e-mail at rmarte@greenartmarket.com and we will be happy to deliver your interest and promote a direct interaction.
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Coconut Shell Catalana Hair Clip - by Arteco Coconut Shell Butterfly Bracellet by ARTECO Coconut Shell Mirabal Sisters Hair Clip - by Arteco
Coconut Shell Catalana Hair Clip - by Arteco
Our Price: $6.00
Sale Price: $4.50
Savings: $1.50
Coconut Shell Butterfly Bracellet by ARTECO
Our Price: $5.99
Sale Price: $4.50
Savings: $1.49
Coconut Shell Mirabal Sisters Hair Clip - by Arteco
Our Price: $7.50
Sale Price: $4.95
Savings: $2.55
This naturally looking hair accent is handcrafted with love in the Dominican Republic by the artisans in Arteco. The clip is made out of coconut shell, and it resembles a Catalana flower.

Dimensions:
2"Diam.

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
A beautiful butterfly embellishes this lovely girl's bracelet. The piece has an adjustable cord strap, and a coconut shell plaque. Handmade in the Dominican Republic by ARTECO.

Dimensions:



Materials:
Coconut shell, nylon cord.
Coconut shell 3 butterflies hair clip
Coconut Butterfly Hairclip Coconut Shell Mirabal Sisters Keyring - by Arteco Coconut Shell Bangles Set (3 pcs) Large - by Arteco
Coconut Shell Butterfly Hair Clip - by Arteco
Our Price: $7.50
Sale Price: $4.95
Savings: $2.55
Coconut Shell Mirabal Sisters Keyring - by Arteco
Our Price: $7.00
Sale Price: $4.95
Savings: $2.05
Coconut Shell Bangles Set (3 pcs) Large - by Arteco
Our Price: $11.50
Sale Price: $7.95
Savings: $3.55
This dazzling piece will look just great in your hair. The bright colors of the butterfly will make more than one wonder if it is real. Carefully elaborated, hand painted by the artisans of Arteco, in the Dominican Republic.

Dimensions:
0.5"H-4"W-2.5"D

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Give yourself or a friend a charming detail, full of color and meaning. The symbolic three butterflies represent the Dominican heroines, the Mirabal Sisters (killed during Trujillo's dictatorship in 1960). Handmade in coconut shell by Arteco.

Dimensions:
1.5"W-6.6"Long, including ring

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting, leather.
This beautiful 3 bangles set is completely handmade in coconut shell, finely polished to give the coconut its natural shine; the flowers are painted with acrylic colors.

Dimensions:
4" Diam. each (aprox)

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Coconut Shell Catalana Earrings Set (3 pcs) Coconut Shell Bangles Set (3 pcs) Small - by Arteco Coconut Shell Curved Hair Clip - by Arteco
Coconut Shell Catalana Earrings Set (3 pcs)
Our Price: $12.00
Sale Price: $7.95
Savings: $4.05
Coconut Shell Bangles Set (3 pcs) Small - by Arteco
Our Price: $12.00
Sale Price: $7.95
Savings: $4.05
Coconut Shell Curved Hair Clip - by Arteco
Our Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $7.99
Savings: $6.00
Bring nature to your face with these Catalana flower earrings. They come attached to a holder shaped as a leaf, which can be used either as a pendant or as a key ring (chain and/or ring are NOT included).

Dimensions:
1.2"Diam. Each erring, 2.5"L-1.5"W Pendant/holder

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting, leather.
This beautiful 3 bangles set is completely handmade in coconut shell, finely polished to give the coconut its natural shine; the flowers are painted with acrylic colors.

Dimensions:
3" Diam. each (aprox)

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Give your look a brilliant turn with this colorful hair clip. This piece is totally handmade and painted by the expert hands of Arteco artisans. It is crafted in coconut shell with coconut wood.

Dimensions:
1"H-5"W-2"D

Materials:
Coconut shell, coconut wood, acrylic painting.
Coconut Shell Wide Bangle - by Arteco Coconut Shell Incense Holder "Caladium" by Arteco Coconut Shell Butterfly type A "Chrysiridia Madagascariensis" - by Arteco
Coconut Shell Wide Bangle - by Arteco
Our Price: $12.00
Sale Price: $8.25
Savings: $3.75
Coconut Shell Incense Holder "Caladium" by Arteco
Our Price: $10.00
Sale Price: $8.99
Savings: $1.01
Coconut Shell Butterfly type A "Chrysiridia Madagascariensis" - by Arteco
Our Price: $15.00
Sale Price: $12.00
Savings: $3.00
This beautiful bangle is completely handmade in coconut shell, finely polished to give the coconut its natural shine; the flowers are painted with acrylic colors.

Dimensions:
1.4"H-3.2"Diam.

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Caladium flower shaped, this incense holder handcrafted in coconut shell will surely make your ambiance more relaxing and pleasing.

Dimensions:
4.2"L-3.2"W-1"H

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic paintings, leather (small base).
Beautiful butterfly completely hand painted to resemble the actual species. The Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is a day-flying moth, famous for its dazzling color scheme. The butterfly comes with a stand/holder, but it can also become a wall accent.

Dimensions:
4"H-4.1"W-4"D (Stand included)

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Coconut Shell Butterfly "Myscelias Orsis" - by Arteco Coconut Shell Butterfly "Caribbean Genoveva" - by Arteco Flower shaped coconut necklace set
Coconut Shell Butterfly "Myscelias Orsis" - by Arteco
Our Price: $15.00
Sale Price: $12.75
Savings: $2.25
Coconut Shell Butterfly "Caribbean Genoveva" - by Arteco
Our Price: $15.00
Sale Price: $12.75
Savings: $2.25
Flower shaped coconut necklace set
Our Price: $18.00
Sale Price: $14.95
Savings: $3.05
Beautiful butterfly completely hand painted to resemble a "Myscelias Orsis". This blue specimen lives South America (Brazil, Argentina). The butterfly comes with a stand/holder, but it can also become a wall accent.

Dimensions: 4"H-5"W-3"D (Stand included)

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Beautiful butterfly completely hand painted to resemble a "Caribbean Genoveva". Commonly named Caribena, this treasure of nature lives in the Caribbean. The butterfly comes with a stand/holder, but it can also become a wall accent.

Dimensions: 4.3"H-4.75"W-3"D (Stand included)

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Coconut shells are beautifully shaped and hand painted by artisans from Arteco in this lovely necklace set including a pair of earrings. These flowers are commonly known as "Old Maid" (Catharanthus roseus) and their vibrant colors will brighten up look right away.

Dimensions:
Each flower is 2" in diameter and the necklace is 20" long. The matching earrings are 1.3" in diameter.

Materials:
Coconut shells, acrilyc painting, cotton threads and aluminum finishes.
Coconut Shell Butterfly "Melissa Blue" - by Arteco Coconut Shell Jewel Box (flat) - by Arteco Coconut Shell Decorative Spoons Set - by Arteco
Coconut Shell Butterfly "Melissa Blue" - by Arteco
Our Price: $15.00
Sale Price: $14.99
Savings: $0.01
Coconut Shell Jewel Box (flat) - by Arteco
Our Price: $22.00
Sale Price: $17.50
Savings: $4.50
Coconut Shell Decorative Spoons Set - by Arteco
Our Price: $22.00
Sale Price: $18.95
Savings: $3.05
Beautiful butterfly completely hand painted to resemble a "Lycaeides melissa samuelis". This blue specimen, with yellow/black "eyes" on the wings will certainly be a theme of conversation on your coffe table. The butterfly comes with a stand/holder, but it can also become a wall accent.

Dimensions:
4"H-4.1"W-3.4"D (Stand included)

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
A beautiful jewelry box made out of a coconut shell and a base made of wood. The cover slides to the side to open the box and find all the treasures you can store inside. Hand painted colorful flowers adorn the exterior.

Dimensions:
2.6"H-4.7"Diam. (aprox.)

Materials:
Coconut shell, wood, acrylic painting.
Coconut shell ornamental spoons set. This lovely wall accent will make your kitchen or dining room shine. Carefully handcrafted in coconut shell and coconut wood and hand painted by the artisans at Arteco.

Dimensions:
9.5"L-8.3"H (including spoons).0.7"W.

Materials:
Coconut shells and wood, acrylic painting.
Coconut Shell Napkin Rings (6 pcs) - by Arteco Coconut Shell Butterfly Napkin Rings (6 pcs) - by Arteco Coconut Shell Handbag
Coconut Shell Napkin Rings (6 pcs) - by Arteco
Our Price: $25.00
Sale Price: $19.25
Savings: $5.75
Coconut Shell Butterfly Napkin Rings (6 pcs) - by Arteco
Our Price: $32.00
Sale Price: $24.95
Savings: $7.05
Coconut Shell Handbag
Our Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $28.00
Savings: $7.00
This handcrafted set of napkin rings made by the fine hands of Arteco artisans will surely give a modern yet ethnic touch to your table. The set comes with 6 hand painted rings.

Dimensions:
2.5"Diam. each ring

Materials:
Coconut shell, acrylic painting.
Butterfly Napkin Rings This elegant coconut shell handbag was designed by Arteco. It has been polished to perfection to give this unique piece a natural shiny finish. The handle is made of shaped stones and it features a small butterfly, symbol of the Arteco inspiration on nature.

Dimensions:
5"H-6.5"W-4"D (aprox.) Handle 8"long

Materials:
Coconut shell, stones, acrylic painting.
   
 
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