Panama is in total lockdown. No tourists, no sales, no food, no medicine. That is what is happening to the Kuna, Wounaan and Embera tribes in Panama. We have worked with them since 1990 and know they are desperate. Traderbrock, Molamagic and Molamadness will match all sales revenue and use it to purchase molas, tagua carvings and baskets for the next 60 days. We have church pastors and others that sell regularly to us via photos and payment through Western Union. The art is shipped through the mail. We have been doing this for years but now it is critical to help the poorest of the poor. Please share this message with your friends.
Panamá está en un encierro total. Sin turistas, sin ventas, sin comida, sin medicinas. Eso es lo que les está pasando a las tribus Kuna, Woumaan y Embera en Panamá. Hemos trabajado con ellos desde 1990 y sabemos que están desesperados. Traderbrock, Molamagic y Molamadness igualarán todos los ingresos de ventas y lo utilizarán para comprar molas, tallas de tagua y cestas durante los próximos 60 días. Tenemos pastores de iglesias y otros que nos venden regularmente a través de fotos y pagos a través de Western Union. El arte se envía por correo. Hemos estado haciendo esto durante años, pero ahora es fundamental ayudar a los más pobres de los pobres. Por favor, comparta este mensaje con sus amigos.
Folks, the next dozen or so tagua carvings are White or natural. They are classic examples of why Tagua is called vegetable ivory. I call them primitive because when artists started carving tagua these white carvings is what they made. The trick is a whole lot of polishing.
Just like ivory it gets darker with age.
Today these carvings are rare. The artists love painting them with inks because they can make the animal look real. For you aspiring artists try painting one yourself. Ten years ago a young artist in Panama asked me to let her paint a few of my white carvings. She was as good as any Wounaan artist out there. I was pleasantly surprised and invited her to sell her painted carvings alongside me at a fair. All her carvings sold. I recovered my costs and the rest went to her.