The Tagua Nut
The Tagua nut raises the economic value of these rainforest palms, protecting them from destruction and supporting new plantings. It does no harm at any stage of growth or production to the trees, animals, people, or land.
Why is it relevant?
The Tagua Nut, also known as vegetable ivory, is the seed found in the pods of the Ivory-nut palm tree.
The Tagua nut offers an excellent alternative to the tusks of elephants, walruses, and whales. While these animals are killed for their tusks, the ivory palms produce nuts year after year, even beyond a century.
This is just another very important reason why to choose products made of this material.
How do we use it?
The Tagua pods are collected and then selected to dry them out in the sun from four to six months so that they become hard. The small shells that contain the nuts are extracted from the pods and cracked to extract the nuts.
Vegetable ivory is naturally white with a fine marbled grain structure. It can be dyed; dying often brings out the grain. It is still commonly used in buttons, jewelry, and artistic carving. Many vegetable ivory buttons were decorated in a way that used the natural tagua nut color.
How do we craft it?
Vegetable ivory is naturally white with a fine marbled grain structure. It can be dyed; dying often brings out the grain. It is still commonly used in buttons, jewelry, and artistic carving.
Many vegetable ivory buttons were decorated in a way that used the natural tagua nut color.
How do we make it into jewels?
The nuts can have the natural brown skin, or it can be removed completely to get a white ivory color.
At this point, a saw is used to slice or cut the Tagua nuts in the desired shape.
Afterwards, the Tagua pieces are dyed in beautiful colors using natural dyes. Finally, artisans arrange a unique combination of various seeds to create beautiful designs!
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Protecting the planet from damaging practices is done with every choice we make, little or small. We have learned from indigenous people, and how their ways always consider the Pachamama (Mother Earth & the Cosmos), and we have brought that vision to you, through beautiful products.