This red Tagua nut bracelet has been carefully constructed using sliced squares of smooth, solid, tagua seeds (vegetable ivory).
• Elasticated, so will fit most wrist sizes.
• Sourced direct from workshops in Otavalo in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
The artisans are known personally to the importer, who ensures the artisans have suitable pay and working conditions.
• Part of a range of themed ethical jewellery pieces. (Click on the “Tagua” Tag above to reveal the selection.)
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Please note: specks and flashes of the brown shell skin of the tagua nut are visible – this is completely normal and add to the unique, natural appeal of each individual item.
DIMENSIONS – the larger pieces of this red Tagua nut bracelet have a height of 3 cm x width of 2 cm approximately.
Did you know?
Tagua is also known as vegetable ivory and is a totally sustainable alternative to elephant ivory.
From the heart of the Amazon grows a special tree called the Tagua, or Ivory Palm.
It produces an extraordinary fruit, the tagua nut, which has been used by the indiginous people for buttons, jewellery and carved objects for centuries.
Tagua (Vegetable Ivory) Nut Seed
When ripe the seedpods fall to the ground and are gathered and dried for a period of up to 2 years after which they become extremely hard.
The Tagua nut seeds need to be dried naturally to separate it from its shell. Once separated, it has a dark skin which must be removed to reveal the beautiful ivory colour.
With some polishing the seed has a fantastic finish.
Tagua (Vegetable Ivory) Nut Seed Sliced
The seeds are then cut into different shapes and dyed in a variety of natural colours, revealing the veins of the pure cellulose material giving each piece an individual and natural look.
Most importantly, tagua is replacing the slaughter of mammal ivory in the textile and fashion industries as the only natural alternative to animal ivory.
Furthermore, the income received from tagua crops is a strong incentive to maintain the trees and tropical rainforests of the Amazon by providing a sustainable income for the local population.
In one year, the tagua palm tree produces the same amount of ‘ivory’ as one female elephant!
And if you want to find out more, my Blog post Fair Trade links with the Amazon Rainforest is for you.
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