Banana Fiber Handmade Arched Nativity Set (Kenya)

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ITEM# 14206520
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    ITEM#: 14206520

    Celebrate the Nativity with a modern artistic touch with this beautiful set handcrafted in Kenya from banana fiber wrapped on wire. The set includes a 10 by 7 inch handmade banana fiber box that's perfect for display and storage.

    • Made from banana fiber
    • Case is also display
    • Tallest piece is approximately 5 inches
    • Measures 10 inches by 7 inches by 3 inches

    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 several different items, including boxes, Bao Bab trees and mobiles. The varnish on the banana fiber with its many tones of brown resembles textured tortoise shell.Esther ensures the craftspeople are paid a fair wage for their goods, which has enabled many in her small village to earn a sustainable wage.

    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.


    All weights and measurements are approximate and may vary slightly from the listed information.


    Material Natural Fibers
    Type Nativity Scene
    Accent Type Nativity Scene
    Occasion Other
    Season or Holiday Christmas
    Color Brown
    Country of Origin Kenya
    Gender Unisex
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions See Details
    Model Number EST:KNFNATO_554017
    Country of Origin Kenya

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    • Beautiful!
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      I was a bit nervous when I placed the order that it would be very fragile and may get damaged in transit. This is not the case. The pieces are very well-made and my fears were unfounded. This is a very beautiful set; I love it!

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      geojono Jan 22, 2013
    • Banana Fiber Handmade Nativity Set
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      Pretty little set. I got this for a friend who has almost every nativity set there is. On the ite it really looks so pretty. It is not quite as nice as I thought but I am glad I got it. It is much more costly than I would have paid had I seen it for real first. It comes with the top closed over the bottom and will be stored with the little people and two sheep inside. Nifty. The sheep look like Collie dogs though. Cute little wisemen with kind of gold color bands on the heads. The little baby is cute. The other figures are hard to tell what they are except the mother. Maybe Joseph has a staff. But nice little set.

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      seymourd Jul 7, 2014
    • Kenyan nativity
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      Looks just like the picture and the lid golds to hold it all in

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      robingichuhi Jun 10, 2014
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    • Nativity
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      I collect nativities from different Country"s. This was a nice addition. One of my favorites.

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      maureen b. Oct 30, 2017
    • Unique Gift
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      This piece is much more moving in person. Purchased it for my son for last Christmas and he absolutely loved it for both its craftsmanship and that is provides financial sources for a community using sustainable goods. You will not go wrong putting this on your Christmas gift list for someone special.

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      marsha w. Oct 4, 2017
    • Kris C
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      I love this Nativity, it is so small and beautiful.

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      KristinChipman Dec 12, 2016
    • Unbelievable
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      This is one of the neatest simple nativities I have ever had!!!

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      David C. Dec 8, 2016
    • So beautiful
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      Really stunning craftsmanship. Comes with a certificate about the artists in Kenya who hand make each figure. Really is worth the $ - I would have paid even more.

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      Angela D. Nov 21, 2016

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