Women artisans create colorful jewelry made with natural materials from the rainforest. These women no longer struggle to find a reliable dignified job earning a fair income. They can now send their children to school, and create a better lives for their families. They are keeping their cultural heritage alive by making their art a viable source of income, using natural materials.
turning tree seeds into beautiful beeds
Our tagua pieces start out as a large pod. It may not look like much, but our Ecuadorian artisan partners are skilled at transforming these unsightly pods into works of art.The artisans separate the seed from the pod and cut the seed with a saw to the perfect shape and size.The cut pieces are placed in a tumbler where they are buffed and smoothed to perfection.The tagua is cleaned and dyed rich colors in large tubs and then left to dry.The artisans drill small holes in each piece, string the beads, and burn off all loose ends to create each special necklace and bracelet.
Açaí (ah-sai-ee) seeds hand dyed and turned into art
The berry of the acai palm is known to promote health and beauty, but this stunning piece proves the seed of the plant has a natural beauty of its very own. The vibrant color and materials are what make this one-size-fits-all piece both beautiful and versatile.
Açaí seeds come from the Açaí palm, Euterpe oleracea, which is found in the lush rainforests of South America. These trees grow predominantly in swamps and in floodplains, and reach heights of approximately 45 to 90 feet tall. Small dark purple berries grow in dense clusters on the palm, and each contains a single seed about 0.25–0.4 inches in diameter. The fruit is harvested for food, and is most often served as a beverage. It has gained global fame in recent years due to its high antioxidant and energizing properties. In addition, Açaí leaves are used to make various handicrafts, such as hats and baskets, and Açaí wood is often used in construction.