COROZO, THE VEGETABLE IVORY
Corozo, or “vegetable ivory”, derived from a nut of a plant similar to a palm (Phitelepha Macrocarpa) that grows in Equador and in Panama.
Corozo is a 100 % ecological material.
Initially used as ballast for cargo ships, it was only in the second half of the 1800s that it began to be used for the production of buttons.
The corozo buttons are characterized by particular natural veins that stand out with dye coloring. They are light but solid and resistant.
The female corozo plant bears fruit for the first time after the age of fourteen. Subsequently it gives its fruits only once a year.
The harvest is done manually when the ripe fruit detaches itself from the tree.
The ripe corozo nut is edible like coconut but if it is left to dry in the sun for a period between 60 and 90 days it solidifies until it is completely hardened.
Once the necessary hardness is reached, the nut is peeled and then cut into slices.
The corozo sections obtained are selected for their size and thickness and then cut into circular disks called blanks.
The corozo buttons, in all their shapes and sizes, born from the manufacture of these blanks.