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Square Red Soapstone Dishes / Trays / Ornaments with Etched Elephants – Pair

£13.95

2 in stock

Unique ornaments for the home.
Set of 2 – these small, square, Kenyan soapstone dishes / trays have cute mother & baby elephants patterns which have been hand-etched.

2 in stock

Description

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 & 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.

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.

Art Safi Fair Trade producers from Kisii Kenya

Art Safi Fair Trade producers from Kisii Kenya

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 occuring 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.

Art Safi Fair Trade soapstone workshop in Kenya

Art Safi Fair Trade soapstone workshop in Kenya

•   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.

Art Safi Fair Trade Producer Group Soapstone in Kisii Kenya

Art Safi Fair Trade Producer Group Soapstone in Kisii Kenya

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