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The tagua nut is the seed of a tree, similar to a palm which grows in the tropical rainforest of South American countries. The tagua tree's fruit is round and black with a diameter of 8 to 20 inches. Inside, numberous egg sized nuts slowly harden as the fruit ripens. When ripe, the hardened nuts look and feel much like "elephant tusk ivory."

Tagua nuts are harvested by hand after the ripe fruit falls to the ground, never damaging the trees. This gives tagua the nickname "vegetable ivory," an envioronmentally sustainable alternative to ivory tusks harvested by illegal poaching of engangered species. In addition, tagua provides work for thousands of people in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia while encouraging rainforest conservation.

Artisans first learn production techniques at Poder Joven Community Center and then begin making the items at home. Depending on the design, it takes between two to six hours for an artisan to create a single necklace and matching earing set.

The artisans then bring their finished work to the workshop for quality review. Items are then shipped to Friends of the Third World for sale in the United States.

Lila was created by Wilman, age 36, who suffers from a severe neurological decay. Because he was unable to continue his studies past his fifth year of elementary school, Wilman joined the Sport without Borders program and attends various workshops on handcrafts offered by Poder Joven, saying that making handcrafts is "fulfillment of a lifelong dream."

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Lila - Tagua Necklace and Earing matching set

$25.00 USD


  • Purpose Of Product : Environment, Fair Trade, Fighting Poverty
  • Materials: Tagua Nut
  • Ships from United States

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