Set of 2 – these small, square, Kenyan soapstone dishes / trays have striking elephants animal patterns which have been hand-etched. They make unique ornaments for the home.
• The animals include 1 x mother and 1 x baby elephant.
• The underside is solid red.
• Can be used for dry snacks and is part of a collectable range of soapstone available in the range.
• Makes an ideal ethical Christmas present and gift for someone special.
• Part of a range of “elephant” themed products. (Click on the “Elephants” Tag above to reveal the selection. And check out the “You may also like” product suggestions below.)
Handmade by Fair Trade artisans in at Art Safi in Kisii, Kenya.
Most people in Kisii live a subsistence lifestyle, so the income from Kenyan soapstone handicrafts is vital to their existence.
DIMENSIONS – 10 cm square x depth 1 cm approximately.
Please note: sold as a set of 2.
Keep out of direct sunlight.
Use beeswax to polish.
Do not use water on these painted products.
Did you know?
• Kisii is the region where most of the world’s supply of soapstone originates.
Naturally occurring soapstone is a relatively soft stone, a calcium carbonate.
Over many generations the people of Kisii have learned to carve beautiful artefacts from the stone.
• The soapstone is mined by hand in the local, open mines.
No machinery is used to mine and as a result, it can be a dangerous job, particularly in the rainy season.
The stone is removed using hand held picks and the rocks are cut into smaller sizes using a saw.
• Then, using a hammer and a chisel, the soapstone is carved.
A knife is sometimes used in addition or at different stages of the carving to get the rough outline required.
The stone is then placed in water.
• Sandpaper is used to smooth the chiselled stone.
This is a long process and different sandpaper is used until the stone is completely smooth and there are no chisel marks left.
The women often do the sanding.
• The stone is painted, often using a sponge to mix colours.
Once the paint has dried the designs are hand-etched into the stone using a knife and a very steady hand as no outline is drawn, revealing the white soapstone underneath.
• The piece is then finished-off with a beeswax polish.