Judging from the comments for last week's tagua bead giveaway from Ecuadorian Hands, some of you had never heard of them before. But some of you, like LouKYMom, have not only heard of them but use them in designs. She said, " I absolutely love tagua nuts! I think I started using them in 2006 or 2007. I've sold so many designs with these lovely little "gems." I have a line of jewelry of many other naturals, reusables, etc. where I donate 45% of profits to my local animal shelters." That is so awesome.

Another reader, Divya recently saw them on a trip to Cambodia of all places.  She had this to say : "I recently saw Tagua and other natural nuts up close in Siem Reap. They do look like plastic from a distance but have a buttery smoothness and shine that makes the finished piece look elegant."

Wayne Wiley added, " I have visited a tagua nut factory in Equador and I have collected several carvings of animals carved from taqua nuts. This is the ultimate renewable resource and such an ultimately beautiful resource. The nuts come in a big ugly pod which is broken up and dried in the sun before processing into everything from buttons to beautiful carvings."

They are indeed lovely.  And one lucky winner will be getting some tagua beads soon.

I numbered all the eligible entries and got the random number generator over on random.org to do the picking. The winner is Catcophony!  Congratulations!

Didn't win?  You can buy these beads from Ecuadorian Hands.

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