Banana Fiber Handmade Nativity Set (Kenya)

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ITEM# 11580769
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    ITEM#: 11580769

    Give your holiday decorations an authentic touch with this handmadebanana fiber nativity set and gift box from Global CraftsDecorative Accessories. This nativity scene adds a cultured flairthat your friends and family can truly appreciate. An independent artisan in Kenya, Esther Kariuki, taught womenin her village to create these nativity sets using the otherwiseunused banana fiber, making this a product that both preserves avital native culture and supports the environment. Each nativityset is handcrafted using these lightly varnished banana fibers,giving each set an individual, one of a kind look.

    • Crafted of banana fiber
    • Comes in a handmade gift box
    • Tallest piece measures 5.5 inches high
    • Box measures 5.25 inches wide x 7.25 inches long

    Story Behind the Art:
    Esther Kariuki is an independent artisan who, in her area ofKenya, near Kitui, has organized and trained women in her villageto use the dried fiber of the banana plant, which would normally bediscarded. The banana fiber is first dried, and then a lightvarnish applied. Once this process is complete craftspeople cut thefiber into thin strips to make items, including boxes, baobab treesand mobiles.

    What is Worldstock?

    The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations incolor, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slightdifferences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occurbetween this product and your computer screen.


    Ships Carbon Neutral*


    Material Natural Fibers
    Type Nativity Scene
    Accent Type Nativity Scene
    Occasion Christmas
    Season or Holiday Christmas, Winter
    Color Brown
    Country of Origin Kenya
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions See Details
    Model Number Kenyan Nativity
    Country of Origin Kenya

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    • I love this
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      This set is exactly what I expected. Very unique

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      Vmm Apr 1, 2017
    • Great eclectic nativity set!
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      I collect interesting and eclectic nativity sets. This is definitely one of my favorites. I love the fact that it's handmade in Kenya. After ordering mine own set, I ordered several more for gifts

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      Cathleen J. Feb 5, 2017
    • Nice nativity set
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      This was given as a gift to my sister and she loved it. It is fragile but still very unique.

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      Christine C. Aug 21, 2016
    • Kenyan Nativity Set
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      A bit smaller than I was anticipating but beautiful non the less! It is sitting on my shelf and it is not even Christmas yet!

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      Judith S. Apr 12, 2016
    • Banana Fiber Nativity set
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      It was very small - smaller that I expected, but OK

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      pascu Feb 1, 2016
    • Most Helpful

    • Delicate and Unusual
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      The nativity set arrived very quickly & the first surprise was how lovely the banana leaf box is. Each character is delicately realized - I don't mean fragile - each has an almost whimsical quality. As one who lived for 21 years in Africa, I love the simplicity of design. If you like pretty, painted/detailed nativities this may not be for you. If you like African art or unusual interpretations of common themes, this is for you! I am buying another set to give as a gift..

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      ccf52 Dec 10, 2010
    • Kenyan nativity
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      The set came exactly as expected. The description is true to form. Figurines were beautifully done, and the storage box is handy (and also beautifully done). Shipping was prompt. No surprises. I gave this as a wedding gift and the bride/groom were ecstatic with it.

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      nativitylover Jul 9, 2010
    • These nativity sets are beautiful
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      I purchased this early for my daughter in law for Christmas. She loved it so much I ordered more for some friends who where so pleased. Beautiful product.

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      netnanny Feb 1, 2013
    • Simply Beautiful
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      Read the reviews before I made the purchase so took a chance. Glad I made the purchase. It may be small in size but it is worth the price. Simply beautiful and perfect. Highly recommend.

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      tyj20706md Oct 22, 2010
    • Unique Gift
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      This beautiful nativity set made a unique gift for my loved one this Christmas. We were all amazed at the workmanship and tiny details included in each figurine. The set is interesting, and very attractive. Overall, a wonderful purchase! And, it looks much more expensive than the pictures seemed to suggest.

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      johnstump Feb 5, 2010

    Questions & Answers

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      "Why did you choose this product?"

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        A one of a kind nativity set from Africa!

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        Multicultural and beautiful for all God's children

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        I wanted an internationally made nativity set for a Christmas party.

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        I like how it looks.

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        For a friend's gift who lived there at one time.

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        My mother loves CHRISTMAS and has a plethora of decorations Throughout her entire home, including a fully decorated, full sized tree on all three levels of her home. She also loves different forms of art & I believe she will love this!!

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        It's unique! Great conversational item. Plan on sitting it on my table in foyer.

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        I love Nativity sets and can't imagine how wonderful it will be to have one from Kenya!

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