Tatiana Tagua Bracelet

$7.00

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SKU: S- 80816
Natural treasures abound in the lush Amazon rainforest where our partners at Sapia use lustrously smooth and gleaming tagua nuts to craft beautiful jewelry. Tagua, known as the "ivory" of the jungle, is renewable and widely harvested.
  • Tagua nut
  • 2.25" diameter (5.7 cm); will stretch to fit most wrists
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from Colombia

Turning orange peels into whimsical ornaments and tagua nuts from the rainforest into a cruelty-free, carved ivory-like necklace — it sounds like magic, but it's all in a day's work for free trade artisans at Sapia in Bogota, Columbia.

Launched in 1995 by Ana Maria Piedrahita, a medical doctor who set out to help disadvantaged women in her hometown become skilled handicrafts workers, Sapia now provides a livelihood to almost 40 artisans, and works with close to 50 independent suppliers. Columbia has one of the greatest wealth gaps in the world, with many displaced people uprooted by civil unrest. Sapia works with these at-risks families to provide stable income and an outlook for a steadier future.

Sapia prides itself on using natural, recycled, sustainable materials, including reclaimed leather, chirilla seeds and tagua nuts, from a tree like a palm. Tagua nuts are called 'vegetable ivory' because of their similar smooth white interior. They can also be dyed in bright colors and sliced, carved, or etched for eye-popping fashion appeal. Collecting the nuts after they ripen and fall to the ground does not destroy the tree and allows Sapia to fulfill one of its fair trade missions, to sustain the environment.

Another mandate is to create sustainable employment, and Ana Maria emphasizes she wants customers to appreciate that they are not providing charity: ""They are supporting the lives of people who want to work. Without fair trade we would not be where we are now.""

She points to Denise, who started as the cleaning lady and is now in charge of the warehouse, with double her income only five years later. Rosa, another longtime Sapia employee, says the work there is about more than just a paycheck. ""I enjoy the relationships with the people I work with — they are like my second family.""

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I was afraid it would be too big for my small wrist. It's not.

I got the orange. It is funky & I have the perfect shirt to wear it with. It stretches so it's easy to get on. I hope the color will hold up under it getting banged around.

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This is a

This is a beautiful bracelet! The tagua nuts are a little larger than expected but it's still fun to wear, especially with the matching necklace.

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Over time, I

Over time, I bought these in all three colors to go with the matching Tagua nut earrings that I bought in all 4 colors. Sturdy, lightweight, colorful, fun conversation starters. Good opportunity to talk about the Greater Good Network.

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