Tagua Nut Carving made by the Embera and Wounaan artisans from Panama with a one-of-a-kind design.
ARTISAN CRAFTED: TraderBrock’s Tagua Nut Carvings are hand-carved by indigenous Embera Wounaan artisans in Panama. Using traditional carving techniques commonly known as Chip Carving or Whittling. Each Tagua carving takes anywhere from a day to months to complete.
NATURALLY SOURCED MATERIALS: Panamanian Tagua Carvings are handcrafted from the Tagua Nut a seed of certain palm trees which grows from southern Panama, along the Andes to Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, northwestern Brazil, and Peru. Some of the natural dyes used include Trumpet Vine, Safran, Lianas Vine, Mud, and Cocobolo Wood all locally harvested from the Rainforest.
TRADITIONAL DESIGN: The Tagua Carving designs usually portray wildlife in the Rainforest. Including Hummingbirds, Tree Frogs, Toucans, Monkeys, Parrots, Jaguars, Turtles, and various other animals who call the rainforest home. They consider their carvings an artistic expression, incorporating their dreams, feelings, and aspirations into their carvings.
RAINFOREST & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: One Tagua palm tree produces enough vegetable ivory to equal that of a female elephant trunk every year. By choosing Tagua you are helping fight the illegal Ivory trade and protecting endangered species. Tagua nuts are non-toxic, eco-friendly, and renewable. The nuts are harvested by hand ensuring the trees are not harmed protecting and conserving the rainforest.
EMPOWERING NATIVE ARTISANS: Since 1991, TraderBrock has been providing Panamanian Embera, Wounaan, Ngäbe, artisans with a global market for their handmade products. For the past twenty years all sales revenues have been reinvested into the artisan community of Panama. This includes education, medical care, land purchase, tools, and other needs.
• Traditional carving techniques
• Average size of 2" Height x 2" Width
• Rainforest sourced materials
• Hand carved by Panama Artisans
• Can take multiple days of labor to complete each Tagua Nut Carving