Today we got to visit two different groups- Doña Moni, who owns another Tagua workshop and supplies our partners with the seeds to make the jewelry, and Luis and Marina, who create some of our awesome Tagua pieces, including the #CanyonNecklace , the #IbarraNecklace , and the #ReservoirNecklace .
Doña Moni shared the process they go through to produce the beads: they peel and take off the outer shell, cut the Tagua to the desired shape/size, sand with sandpaper in a barrel, polish/sand with water in another barrel, dye the pieces (40-45 min depending on the color), dry for 2-3 days, and lastly a final shine in a third barrel spinner! It’s an amazingly long process, but one she takes great pride in.
Noonday connected with Luis and Marina at the market here in Otavalo. They have been partners for several years, and they shared how thankful they are for this partnership. They have been able to build a second story onto their house, build a small workshop (where they assemble the jewelry), and send their son to a special school, because he wanted to study music. None of this would be possible without the partnership with Noonday and the consistent sales that produces for them. So thanks for doing your part!
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