Proudly display this handmade nativity set this holiday season. Crafted by artisans in Kenya from beautiful banana fiber, this unique nativity set arrives in a handmade gift box and will surely become one of your favorite seasonal decorations....more
This handmade nativity set is the perfect accent piece for your seasonal decor. The decorative accessory is handcrafted out of banana fiber by artisans in Kenya.
Pieces crafted of banana fiber
Comes in a handmade gift box
Tallest piece measures 5.5 inches high
Box measures 5.25 inches wide x 7.25 inches long
Story Behind the Art: Esther Kariuki is an independent artisan who, in her area of Kenya, near Kitui, has organized and trained women in her village to use the dried fiber of the banana plant, which would normally be discarded. The banana fiber is first dried, and then a light varnish applied. Once this process is complete craftspeople cut the fiber into thin strips to make items, including boxes, Bao Bab trees and mobiles.
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.
The nativity set arrived very quickly & the first surprise was how lovely the banana leaf box is. Each character is delicately realized - I don't mean fragile - each has an almost whimsical quality. As one who lived for 21 years in Africa, I love the simplicity of design. If you like pretty, painted/detailed nativities this may not be for you. If you like African art or unusual interpretations of common themes, this is for you!
I am buying another set to give as a gift..
The set came exactly as expected. The description is true to form. Figurines were beautifully done, and the storage box is handy (and also beautifully done). Shipping was prompt. No surprises. I gave this as a wedding gift and the bride/groom were ecstatic with it.
This beautiful nativity set made a unique gift for my loved one this Christmas. We were all amazed at the workmanship and tiny details included in each figurine. The set is interesting, and very attractive. Overall, a wonderful purchase! And, it looks much more expensive than the pictures seemed to suggest.
The characters were not as well defined as I would like. If you don't know the
Christmas Story you might not have any idea what the figures represent.
They look as if they were made from a straw wrapper and just twisted.
I knew the cost was for a good cause but I would never feel like the price
was worth the product. The box is about the best deal of the set.
I see many products and I order them from all over the world. I like supporting
the work of people that don't have a way to make much money.
This is the first item I have purchased that I won't even put out in my home.
Had planned to give one to my pastor who spent weeks in Kenya and one for our son's family who
also did summer missions in Kenya. Glad I only ordered 1 to see how it looks.
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