The Tagua Date Palm grows naturally in small areas down the South American Coast line from Panama to Paraguay, but is most famous in Ecuador.
The nuts take 15 years to grow and are harvested only as they fall, preventing destruction of the precious Tagua Palm. The Seeds are known as vegetable ivory and because their appearance and texture is so like ivory, they often leave a little of the shell in their art to make the distinction.
The result is a truly unique and beautiful hand carved chess piece involving about 100 man hours to complete. The chess pieces are slippery smooth, as hard as marble and have a natural glow.
Tagua Ivory is beautiful, rare and native to South America, making it a much sought after and ecologically sound product.
These chess pieces are hand carved in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The King (Killer Whale) measures 5.1cm and the Penguin 3cm and the dark pieces are coloured with natural dyes.
Comes with 25 x 25cm glass chess board as pictured.
(centre image packaging for display only)
Please bare in mind that as this is a hand made item using simple methods and tools in Ecuador, the packaging for the pieces is makeshift - but you're not buying it for the cardboard box, are you?.
Given the natural weight of Tagua Ivory, the pieces are solid and are designed to sit beautifully on display - not hidden away in a box!