tagua nut has a strong resemblance to animal ivory, making it a wonderful
resource for creating all types of beautiful things.
For many years, the tagua nut was used primarily for making buttons but
with new technology and more affordable materials such as plastics, a decline
positive aspect of the tagua nut is that just one tree produces enough ivory to
equal that of a female elephant trunk, meaning by choosing tagua, innocent
animals are spared. Because of
this, today we see the tagua nut again becoming very popular as more and more
people are fighting to protect endangered species used for ivory.
nut carvings from Panama have been such a great source of income for the forest
people, giving them back self-sufficiency and pride.
Many of these people are no longer able to live a full tribal life simply
because of the demise of the rainforest so this type of harvesting allows them
to retain their sense of self and history.
the tagua nuts are picked from the ground, the artisans carve them into amazing
pieces. You will find that many of
the tagua nut carvings from Panama depict the nature of the rainforest to
include monkeys, birds, and various other animals.
In fact, the carvings are typically considered an artistic expression for
these tribal men, giving them the opportunity to incorporate their feelings,
dreams, and aspirations into the designs.