Tagua by DAGUA (Ivory palm jewelry) indigenous necklaces handmade in Colombia

No dyes - cruelty free - vegan - made by women in Colombia - eco-friendly - sustainable

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Who makes these necklaces?

I found a small business owned by a woman in Colombia. They are housewifes or single moms from the neighborhood who gather at a small workshop in one of their houses. I decided to support this project because I am proud of women who love handcrafting, regardless their socioeconomical position. I buy only undyed, natural necklaces made of tagua and natural fiber strings (I don't use leather, only natural vegan fibres).

What is tagua?: Phytelephas is a genus containing six known species of palms (family Arecaceae), occurring from southern Panama along the

Andes to Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, northwestern Brazil, and Peru. They are commonly known as ivory palms, ivory-nut palms or tagua palms. Phytelephas means "plant elephant". The "nut" is covered with pericarp, which gets removed by animals. The kernel is covered with a brown, flaky skin and shaped like a small avocado, roughly 4–8 cm in diameter.

Why is it called vegetal ivory?: The white, dried endosperm inside the seeds contains a substance called hemicellulose that becomes very hard and dense, so it can be carved and polished like elephant tusks.

Where does it come from?: Vegetable ivory stimulates local economies in South America, provides an alternative to cutting down rainforests for farming, and prevents elephants from being killed for the ivory in their tusks. The Colombian ivory palm (P. schottii) and P. tenuicaulis, both formerly included in P. macrocarpa, are the usual source of the product in Colombia.