Ultraviolet Lotus Necklace
Handmade in Ecuador with the mission to empower artisans with a salary, free lunches, social security & health insurance, flexible work schedules and the freedom to giggle throughout the day. There's approximately 10 women who work with our partner and the wonderful sound of laughter is the defining component of this fabulous workshop!
Handmade using tagua seeds that grows in regenerative pods, which emerge from a palms’ trunk. With every item purchased with us, a tree is planted in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
Tagua was initially used in colonial times by the Spanish settlers in South America. An early use of tagua was for buttons with about 20% of the buttons manufactured in the US made of tagua. For many years, the uniform buttons on US soldiers came from tagua. In the 1920’s, tagua exports brought $5 million annually to Ecuador. By the 1950’s, the rise of plastic had also put an end to the demand for tagua. However, the use of plastic and animal ivory would come to have significant detrimental impacts on the environment which has brought back a new awareness of the sustainable use of tagua, also known as "vegetable ivory."
Details + Dimensions
adjustable length 9" - 10"
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