Support sustainability for rural African artisans while helping fight a huge environmental disaster. Introduced in 1879, the pretty water plant is threatening to take over much of Lake Victoria's coastline. Only one approach to distilling this invasive water plant, the paper mache hippo adds a touch of African flair to your home decor while supporting a good environmental cause
Story Behind the Art:
- Colors: Charcoal grey
- Materials: Water hyacinth, synthetic dye
- Dimensions: Large: 10 inches long x 5 inches wide x 7.5 inches high
Known to scientists as Eichhornia crassipes, the beautiful, yet invasive ornamental water plant known widely as water hyacinth is choking a wide expanse of Lake Victoria’s coastline. The species has proven practically resistant to all man-made and natural containment solutions, and can double its mass every two weeks. Fisherman cannot reach their nets or port markets, plus the dense mats breed mosquitoes, block hydroelectric dams and challenge the biodiversity of the lake. As biologists scramble to find a lasting solution to the hyacinth invasion, local artisans are turning the noxious plant into a reason to rejoice. After pulping the plant matter to create a rough paper, artisans use paper mache techniques to create modern African sculpture with a timely ecological twist. Such creativity reinforces our faith that people across African can find the way to victory over the most dismal disasters. What is Worldstock?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.