Set of 6 Soapstone Brown Safari Coasters (Kenya)
 

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Set of 6 Soapstone Brown Safari Coasters (Kenya)

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Item #: 13721445
    Each hand-carved soapstone coaster features a unique safari animal, complete with their kiswahili name. This set of six coasters features a zebra (pundamilia), hippo (kiboko), lion (simba), elephant (tembo), rhino (kifaru) and giraffe (twiga). ...more

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    Each hand-carved soapstone coaster features a unique safari animal, complete with their kiswahili name. This set of six coasters features a zebra (pundamilia), hippo (kiboko), lion (simba), elephant (tembo), rhino (kifaru) and giraffe (twiga).

    Product Features:
    • Color options: Brown
    • Number of pieces: Six
    • Materials: Soapstone, synthetic dyes
    • Dimensions (each): 4 inches in diameter

    Story Behind the Art:
    The Abagusii, or Gusii, are the predominant residents of the Kisii District, which is one of Kenya's most populated regions. The highlands are fertile, and many Gusii are employed in the agricultural sector, growing tea, coffee and sweet bananas. The Gusii are recognized widely for their skill at carving soapstone, and several families in the region earn supplemental income from the sale of their stone art. Mining the stone is the most arduous part of the process. Men use large machete-style knives called pangas to divide chunks of the stone away from the main vein and to portion off appropriately sized pieces for carving. The finer carving is accomplished with a small knife called a kisu, and then the carvings are washed down in a slurry of sand and water to fully smooth the surfaces in preparation for dyeing.

    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.

    Imported

Dimensions:
See description
Materials:
Soapstone, synthetic dyes
Model No:
ND79i

Features

  • Color
    Brown
  • Material
    Other, Stone
  • Gender
    Unisex
  • Worldstock Country
    Kenya
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