This Auction is for the Tagua POD, SEEDS and polished slice only.
Use a dremel tool and make your own Ivory arrow nocks with the seeds. Classey.
This was purchased May 7th at the Otavalo Market in Ecuador where Tagua is grown. I will pay shipping to the US, Canada. International PM for quotes
How it is made and what it is. The natural color is Ivory white but is easily dyed for Jewelry
The tagua (pronounced Tawa)nut The tagua nut is the seed of a particular variety of palm tree found principally in northern South America. The cluster, usually weighing some 25 pounds, consists of tightly packed woody fruits. Each fruit generally contains from four to nine seeds, which are roughly the size and shape of a hen’s egg. In the first stage, the seed cavities contain a thirst-quenching liquid similar to coconut water. In the second stage, the liquid congeals into an edible sweet gelatin. In the third and final phase, the gelatin matures into a hard, white substance that remarkably resembles animal ivory. Why an Elephant’s Friend However, the tagua nut provides a practical alternative, since its vegetable ivory looks like its animal counterpart, is extremely hard, takes a high polish, and absorbs dyes readily. So great is the similarity between tagua and animal ivory that artisans often leave some of the brown shell on their products to prove that they are not using elephant ivory—an internationally banned material. Ecuador, the chief source of tagua, was exporting thousands of tons of the nuts each year, primarily for the production of buttons. Indicative of vegetable ivory’s current revival, during a recent 18-month period, 1,650 tons were exported from Ecuador to Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, and 18 other countries Tagua Has Many Uses The seeds are set out to dry under the tropical sun for between one and three months, depending on their water content. Afterward, they are peeled by machine, classified according to size, and cut into slices for use in button manufacturing. Indeed, “ivory” buttons made from tagua adorn some of the highest quality clothing in the world. However, tagua is used for more than just buttons. Jewelry, chess pieces, reeds for wind instruments, piano keys.
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