Tucked inside a box woven from banana fiber are seven different African animal miniatures. These adorable accessories are hand-carved from muhugu wood.
Banana fiber storage box
Pieces carved from muhugu wood
Each animal measures 3 to 5 inches long
Story Behind the Art Working with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya,Jedando Modern Handicrafts markets products primarily made of wood and bone worldwide. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with the children learning the craft from their parents. Carved by hand using only rudimentary hand tools, olive wood bowls, salad serving sets, and animal-shaped napkin rings take shape from pieces of olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or African Ebony.
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.
This was part of a theme I selected for Christmas gifts---handcrafted pieces from international artisans. I wasn't too sure if my grandson and niece's children would like this compared to the current technology, but the grandson said they were cool when I told him they were hand carved in Africa. The small basket was very nice and well made. It would buy a larger version of it for decorative purposes.
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? The actual colors were much nicer than the image; some deep wood tones, contrasting earthen colors
Please tell us about the quality of the product. I was pleased with the quality of the sculptures. Being individually hand carved makes them very unique. The basket they came in was much nicer than expected.
How accurate was the sizing? True to the described dimensions
Present for my grandson, I thought that they would be a great gift for a child because most of the toys that kids are given are plastic and dont seem to last a year, but I know that these will last and have a special meaning for him throughout his childhood
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? yes
I had recently traveled to East Africa and was looking for some decorative items that I could display with some of my photos. These will do nicely. I'm not sure that they would be that special if I had not had that personal experience with the region.
This was a Christmas present for a 3 yr old boy. He LOVES the animals and the box they live in. The carving is rudimentary but one can still distinguish the various jungle animals. Smaller than I expected, but just right for this little boy.
The carvings are created by someone not quite skilled enough to commercially sell their carvings. The box was the nicest piece in the set. Granted we're not talking about a lot of money for this item, but I would consider these carvings to be just practice for someone !!
I gave this to my grandson as a little gift. I have a tradition that when he comes to our house, there is always something different and interesting for him to find. This piece has cute little animals. These are not works of art but are hand carved and not your typical toy. Do not give this to a child who still puts things in their mouth.
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