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(tä`gwä), fruit of the ivory, or ivory-nut, palms (Phytelephas species), which flourish in tropical America from Paraguay to Panama. The female palms bear large woody, burrlike fruits, each containing several seeds about the size of hen's eggs in P. macrocarpa. The immature seeds are gelatinous and edible. These are the ivory nuts, white or cream in color and very hard. Known in the trade also as vegetable ivory, the substance is used as a substitute for ivory and has long been carved into curios for tourists. Its commercial value originated in the mid-19th cent. when African ivory began to grow scarce. Tagua became a commodity of considerable importance, great quantities being exported to the United States and Europe for the manufacture of buttons and other small articles. It was largely supplanted by less expensive synthetic materials, although the demand has been rising in recent years. Tagua is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Arecales, family Palmae.
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Tagua nuts come from the ivory palm and are sometimes referred to as vegetable ivory.
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And inside the beautiful box comes a tagua nut hair band which has been harvested by a women's Corporation Group in Colombia called Hope For Women.
These beautiful earrings come from tagua nuts, known as the "vegetable ivory," in a rainbow of colors including turquoise, tomato, kiwi, chocolate, pacific blue and blush.
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If it's made from the tagua nut, from trees grown in the South American rain forest, she loves it.
Angela creates jewellery by combining the ancient craft of chain maille and weaving techniques from Japan, Persia and Europe with semi-precious stones and even South American Tagua nuts.
This daisy necklace, pounds 32 by enamore, features beads made from tagua (vegetable ivory) and reclaimed vintage material.
You must visit an indigenous market to buy typical handicrafts such as alpaca sweaters, toquilla straw hats (more commonly known as Panama hats), and handicrafts made from tagua nuts, which resemble elephant ivory.
The jewellery sold on-line by Incantation is the first of its type in the country and is made from an organic nut called Tagua, which grows only in a few tropical regions of South America.
Shell and bird-bone deposits occurred in the only substantial cave encountered, at Tagua Bay, Carnley Harbour, but excavation showed them to be of natural origin and they were dated to 2555 [+ or -] 39 BP (Wk-13430).
Find Japanese textile brushes (left; $52), buttons made of tagua nut ("vegetable ivory"; $2-$4), and Nepali needle cases ($10-$20) hand-carved to resemble fish.