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It is time to discover, or rather, rediscover a spectacular fashion find derived from the humble beginnings of a tree seed. Tagua, harvested from trees within the palm family, historically adorned the greater American population serving as buttons, also known as corozo buttons. However, since WWII, tagua buttons were replaced, among other things, with the introduction of plastic.
With close resemblance to elephant ivory, tagua has served as a sustainable way for South American families to make a living since the 1800’s. An important environmental and socioeconomic stimulator, tagua provides alternatives to deforestation and prevents elephant hunting for their ivory tusks.
Also referred to as “vegetable ivory” or “palm ivory,” tagua is simply a dried out seed that can be carved and naturally dyed to be used for just about anything. As many high-end fashion and jewelry designers such as Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Ralph Lauren have clenched on to this sustainable material throughout the decades, tagua is making a comeback in the form of beads, buttons, figurines and just about anything this versatile resource can be hewed into.
Proving to be a great resource for trendy fashion, we just wanted share all the possibilities this little wonder seed can lead to. As its plastic replacement is slowly being trumped, South American economies are likewise on the rise along with allowing for more sustainable communities once again.
So, the next time you’re looking for an amazing fashion find, keep your eyes out for this multi-faceted material. This little treasure makes a powerful impact both in fashion, economics and continuing to live sustainable.
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