Tagua is a very hard white endosperm of the seeds from a palm tree that grows in Ecuador. It's used to make jewelry and other items. Many people know about the tagua artisans on the coast and in the Oriente. There are also people who make tagua items in the Sierra. In the community of San Roque de Pucará in Imbabura Province, there is a workshop and store. You can get a tour and see the various steps to make tagua jewelry. The artisans first remove the outer skin of the nut. Tagua looks just like ivory. It's often called vegetable ivory. The story is that, a long time ago, some Europeans were selling Ecuadorian tagua as real ivory in Europe. For the jewelry, a hole is drilled through the tagua after it has been painted. In addition to jewelry, tagua is used to make buttons and small figurines. The tagua necklaces and bracelets are quite nice and not that expensive.