Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tagua para elefantes / Elephants love tagua!
Tagua or vegetable ivory, is produced by some Southern American palms (Phytelephas "plant elephant"), both names refere to the hard substance contained inside their seeds. Once dried, it can be carved just as elephant ivory and used to make buttons, jewellery, decorative figurines, etc. Restrictions on ivory trade and the rising of environmental awarness have benefited local economies and helped indigenous communities from Ecuador, Panama and Colombia that have traditionally used this vegetable seed for centuries.
http://www.oneworldprojects.com/, una web de distribución de productos de comercio justo. / Hand carved animal figurines from Ecuatorian sustainably harvested tagua palm nuts. You can buy them on http://www.oneworldprojects.com/, a web site that sells fair trade products.
Water for elephants comes to Spanish cinemas tomorrow. We hope the film based on Sara Gruen´s novel is at least as half as exciting as the book..
elefantes, africano y asiático, en homenaje a estos maravillosos animales perseguidos y masacrados por sus colmillos o esclavizados y maltratados en circos o como atracción turística.
On the top of this post, Sadie and her remake of Richard Avedon´s famous photoshoot. Sadie wears a wide leg jump suit with some sparkling crystals that draw elephant nails shape. Straps and earrings are made of tagua. She pays a tribute to African and Asian elephants, marvellous creatures that have been either killed for their tusks or enslaved and abused in circuses or as tourist atraction.
No puedo terminar este post "elefantino" sin recomendaros un blog de artesanía y joyería creativa que me gusta mucho: http://www.elephantsetplus.blogspot.com/ Visitadlo y conocereis el estupendo trabajo que realiza Sonia Otero. / I can´t end this "elephant post" without recommend you a blog about creative jewellery and crafts that I love. Click here and see the wonderful works of Sonia Otero.