Dear Customer,
Panama is in total lockdown. No tourists, no sales, no food, no medicine. That is what is happening to the Kuna, Wounaan and Embera tribes in Panama. We have worked with them since 1990 and know they are desperate. Traderbrock, Molamagic and Molamadness will match all sales revenue and use it to purchase molas, tagua carvings and baskets until the crisis is over. We have church pastors and others that sell regularly to us via photos and payment through Western Union. The art is shipped through the mail. We have been doing this for years but now it is critical to help the poorest of the poor. Please share this message with your friends.

Estimado cliente,
Panamá está en un encierro total. Sin turistas, sin ventas, sin comida, sin medicinas. Eso es lo que les está pasando a las tribus Kuna, Woumaan y Embera en Panamá. Hemos trabajado con ellos desde 1990 y sabemos que están desesperados. Traderbrock, Molamagic y Molamadness igualarán todos los ingresos de ventas y lo utilizarán para comprar molas, tallas de tagua y cestas hasta que termine la crisis. Tenemos pastores de iglesias y otros que nos venden regularmente a través de fotos y pagos a través de Western Union. El arte se envía por correo. Hemos estado haciendo esto durante años, pero ahora es fundamental ayudar a los más pobres de los pobres. Por favor, comparta este mensaje con sus amigos.


Wounaan White Monkey w/ offspring Tagua Nut Carving-Panama 20061203mm

Regular price $39.99

The Wounaan tagua carvers are some of the best tagua carvers in the world. We have been buying and selling their tagua carvings for more than 25 years. 

I have always been impressed by the way the artists undercut their carvings so you get a clear view of the animal. It also permits them to do a complete job when they paint their masterpieces.  However this carving is natural. White is tagua's natural color and the reason it is called vegetable ivory. 

This is a very old carving and it is especially interesting. As tagua ages as a nut and prior to carving it develops inclusions that show up as brown or grey spots. When the artist begins to carve he will often leave them to prove the material is tagua. This monkey's face and tail show these inclusions. It also still shows the residue of the polish the artist used. The artists use the same polish truck drivers use on their fancy chrome. 

Shipping is included within the USA.