Pambil (Bombona) is a palm tree native to Central and South America. It's fruit is eaten by Toucans and timber used in construction and handicrafts. Pambil beads are lightweight, and made from the seeds of the Pambil fruit. Their seeds are the smaller cousins of Tagua nuts and look similar to Acai seeds due to the dark vein-like lines on its surface.
Local artisans in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia use vegetable dyes to color the seeds and hand-drill them to create beads. These seeds are round, smooth and irregular in shape. Approximately 20 mm x 15 mm, with a 2mm size hole.