You may know the acai fruit for its powerful antioxidants, but you may not have heard of acai seed jewelry. This necklace is a creative design from the Sapia artisan group in Colombia. Incorporating both acai seeds and tagua nut slices, this necklace is designed to be converted from one long strand to two shorter necklaces to create a layering effect.
Made in: Colombia
Materials: Tagua discs, acai seeds, cord
Size: 17in (43cm)/24in (61cm) total length
Sapia, formerly Piel Acida, was originally conceived in 1995 by Ana Piedrahita, an entrepreneur in Colombia's capital city of Bogota. Piedrahita had seen a box from Uruguay that was produced from dried orange peel, and recognised the potential for producing a wide array of unique and intriguing items from this material. She decided to pursue a business specialising in the design and production of the products. The organisation was formally registered in 2000. Sapia has incorporated fair trade principles in its operation, as it seeks to develop the artisan-based handicraft sector in Colombia. While Colombia has recently achieved a relatively good macroeconomic climate, people in the lower income brackets continue to face serious challenges. They have used their sales growth as an opportunity to reach out to other artisan groups in rural areas of the country.