Ethical Fair Trade bracelet from Ecuador, carefully constructed using sliced pink discs of smooth tagua (vegetable ivory).
• Elasticated, so will fit most wrist sizes.
• This tagua nut (vegetable ivory) bracelet was handmade in the workshop of the Tituana family in Rio Napo in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Please note: specks of the brown shell skin of the tagua nut are visible - this is completely normal and add to the unique, natural appeal of this item.
DIMENSIONS - the larger pieces have a diameter of 2.5 cm approximately.
Did you know?
Tagua is also known as vegetable ivory and is a totally sustainable alternative to elephhant 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.
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.
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 of the Amazon.
Tumi Jewellery, UK & Latin America
All Tumi Jewellery products are Fairly Traded and bought directly from the skilled artisans who make them across Latin America.
They specialise in importing from Mexico (silver jewellery), Peru (hand-painted beads, feathers and organic acai seeds from the Amazon basin), and Ecuador (rainforest and tagua jewellery) as well as pieces from Chile (bamboo) and Argentina (wood).
Tumi was founded by Mo Fini.In 1978, he went to South America for the first time. After a year of travelling he fell in love with the land and its people. When he returned to England he founded Tumi, an import business specialising in fair trade arts and crafts from Latin America.
The current business is a scaled-down version, run by Mo`s wife Lucy Davies and now just concentrates on jewellery importing and wholesaling.
Tumi Jewellery are certified by The British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers (BAFTS).
Tumi’s focus has not only been incorporating the business side of Latin America but also the social, cultural and political aspects of the continent together with an understanding of the life of the Latin American people.
Now 35 years on, the craftsmen of yesterday have passed skills onto their children and so the new generation is taking over from their parents and ensuring success stories for small producer and family groups all over Latin America.
You should receive your delivery within 2-5 days from placing your online order with us.
We always let you know by email that your order is being dealt with and also when it’s gone in the post - so you won’t be kept in the dark!
However, please allow up to 5 working days before you contact us with any issues.
Deliveries are made by Royal Mail from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 3pm.
You must notify us of your intentions within 30 days of your initial receipt of the goods. We will then agree with you what action to take, including the opportunity to exchange your unwanted product for another item.
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