Hummingbird Tagua Ornament

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Send holiday cheer aflutter in your home with a dulcet hummingbird, handcrafted from sustainable tagua by fair trade artisans in Ecuador.

Sustainably harvested from lush, South American forests, hand-picked batches of tagua nuts--also known as "vegetable ivory" for its resemblance in feel and texture--are carved by highly-skilled artisans applying years of experience to polishing each ornament to life.

Produced under fair trade practices, which support local artisans by creating self-sustaining income opportunities which help improve the livelihoods and environmental stewardship of South American communities. Handmade in Ecuador of balsa wood and tagua nuts.

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Tagua, also known as vegetable ivory, is a seed that comes from the Phytelephas Macrocarpa palm tree, an endangered palm tree that only grows in the tropical rainforests of the South American Pacific coasts. Etymologically, the term Phytelephas Macrocarpa is derived from the Greek phyton: plant, and elephas: elephant, making reference to the ivory.

The Tagua palm tree grows in the humid rainforest, under the canopy, to a height of 20 to 30 feet. The Tagua seed ranges in size from a cherry to a grapefruit and averages about the size of a walnut.

Chemically, they are pure cellulose. Before the nuts mature they have a milky sweet liquid in the center that can be consumed. The cellular structure and grain is similar to that of elephant ivory, but is more dense and resilient. It resembles the finest ivory in texture and color, and is slightly softer than mammal ivory. The nuts are usually void in the center.

When ripe, the nuts fall to the ground and are gathered and dried for a period of up to two years. Over this time, they become extremely hard (ivory-like). The nuts are harvested after they are ripe and have fallen to the ground, which means no damage is done to the rainforest during the production process.

Most importantly, tagua is replacing the slaughter of mammal ivory (the ivory of elephants and other mammals) in the textile and fashion industries.

For over two hundred years, tagua has been used in the making of dice, dominoes and chess pieces. Other purposes include use in cane and umbrella handles, pipes, mah-jongg tiles, sewing needle cases and the fine art of scrimshaw. In the late 1800s up through World War II, this ivory nut was used to make some of the finest buttons in the clothing industry. For close to eighty years, the ivory nut was a commodity of global importance and factories on three continents used to manufacture articles of utility and luxury.

Handmade
Made from
string, biodegradable LDPE, tagua nut
Measurements
3" x 3" x 3"; 3" L gold string for hanging
Item ID
19933

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note, this item is discontinued. When it sells out, it will no longer be available.


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Hummingbird Tagua Ornament
 
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5.0

beautiful!

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from bowling green ky

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Simple handcrafted beauty

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anytime
    • Christmas

    Comments about Hummingbird Tagua Ornament:

    My family loves hummingbirds so when I saw this ornament I had to have it. The hummingbird is pretty on its own so i love the simple, no frills nature of this ornament. I will hang it above my desk all year. I'll be getting one for my mom and mother-in-law since they love hummingbirds too!

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    5.0

    Beautiful!!

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    from Washington, DC

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Beautiful all year round
    • Fun To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anytime
      • Christmas
      • Too pretty to store away

      Comments about Hummingbird Tagua Ornament:

      This is a beautifully hand carved ornament. I bought one for myself and loved it so much; I decided to buy it for my sister. [...]We are hummingbird lovers and my sister loved it!! I'm impressed with my purchase and Uncommon Goods!

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      4.0

      hummingbird

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      from sherman, texas

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      Pros

      • Alternative to ivory
      • BEAUTIFUL

      Cons

      • very fragile

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hummingbird Tagua Ornament:

        gift for a friend, who loves & collects hummingbirds. loved this.

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