• Image of Chai the Capybara acrylic brooch
  • Image of Chai the Capybara acrylic brooch

Chai is a single layer brooch in swirly hazelnut acrylic with hand painted details. He is 6.5cm tall.

I made this collection based on my experience with animal cafes in Japan, and to hopefully educate people so that they don’t visit.
Capybara are found occasionally in Japanese cafes. They are not as prolific as some of the other species simply due to the extra expense and difficulty of keeping them. Unfortunately this doesn’t actually equate into better conditions for the animals. Capybara are pretty much loved by all, these big cuddly guinea pigs are adorable. So many people would love the opportunity to pet them, but it is a life of abuse for the animals. These guys love to swim and have a snooze in the sunshine. In the cafes they never get to venture outside.