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SAYA Designs

The Tapioca Leaf in Recycled Teak


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Hand carved from sustainably sourced root wood left from plantations in Indonesia, no piece is ever the same, they are unique from their shape to the grains in the wood. The Tapioca hair stick particularly suits thick hair. It’s large upper body allows it to support a lot of hair! The indentation at the top of the hair stick reflects the shape of leaves eaten in the wild, and also holds the hair firmly in place. The design is based on the leaves and branches of the cassava plant, from which tapioca is derived. Cassava is a staple root vegetable in many South American and South Asian countries, including Indonesia. The roots can be used to manufacture many biodegradable products, and its resin has been found to be a viable plastic substitute that is renewable, reusable, recyclable and sustainable.


1 Hairstick | 1 Tree | 50 Lbs CO2 Savings Per Year | Enough Oxygen Generated for 2 Humans Per Year

RECYCLE | Sourcing Root Wood Salvaged from Harvested Plantations

REPURPOSE | Contemporary Design meets Traditional Craft
- Durable, small, functional & unique hairpins created to last
- Alternative to plastic and elastic
- Carved by hand by Balinese artisans, sanded down to the finest grain using simple tools and techniques, and finished with natural wax and oils
- SAYA pay their artisans over the recommended living wage in Bali and give them flexible schedules

REPLENISH | Planting Endangered and Endemic Tree Species into Protected Forests in Indonesia
- Each hairpin gives back to the environment it came from, as up to ten endangered tree species are planted in its place in rainforests across Indonesia

Details + Care

- Wood - renewable & eco-friendly material if it is consciously sourced
- Recycled Rosewood Root: Rosewood is one of the most popular agroforestry plants in Indonesia. Since 1998 the IUCN World Conservation Agency have labeled it a vulnerable species
- Recycled Teak Root: the heartwood of Teak (the centre of the tree) is a brownish red color, its sapwood (the outer part) is a pale yellowish brown. It is valued for its durability
- Recycled packaging with a protective fabric sleeve
- Keep out of water
- Avoid using in wet hair
- Keep safe in the fabric wallet when on the move
- Avoid heavy sideways pressure as much as possible
- Try not to drop on hard surfaces, they are handmade and desire loving care!

Size & Fit

Dimensions | Length x 19cm | Width x 3cm | Depth x 2cm
- Healthier alternative to plastic and elastics
- Easy to use, help to reduce breakage and damage to healthy hair
- The Tapioca hair stick particularly suits thick hair
- Its large upper body allows it to support a lot of hair
- The indentation at the top of the hair stick holds the hair firmly in place