The combined appeal of soapstone and banana fiber is infused in this useful box. The box is hand-carved from soapstone by Kisii Town artisans, and the fiber print is crafted by artisans outside Nairobi.
Story Behind the Art:
- Size of photos: 4 inches x 6 inches
- Number of photos it will hold: One
- Table top design
- Color: Brown
- Design: African village hut
- Materials: Soapstone, synthetic dyes, glass, banana fiber
- Dimensions: 8 inches long x 5 inches wide x 2 inches high
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.