Handmade 8-inch Soapstone Red Connected Hearts Sculpture (Kenya)

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ITEM# 17493830
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    ITEM#: 17493830

    Fill your home with love and unity with this beautiful hand-carved sculpture. Skillfully crafted by artisans in Kenya, this red soapstone sculpture features a design of two intertwined hearts.

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    • Red
    • Soapstone
    • Made in Kenya
    • All seasons decor

    Story Behind the Art:
    SMOLArt is a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of WFTO, the World Fair Trade Association, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization support community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.Soapstone is mined from great pits in the area surrounding Kiisi, Kenya. The mined stone is then delivered to carvers who carve sculptures from the natural stone, the color of which ranges from cream, to pink, to brown, to yellow, to black, to a marbling of all of them. Once carved, the craftspeople smooth rough edges with sandpaper dipped in water and polish the piece to a high gloss or paint African motifs in brilliant colors with etched accents.All of the products are completely handmade. The tools consist of household items from screwdrivers, hand drills, to switchblades. 'Pangas,' sword-like tools usually used for cutting down vegetation, are used to cleave the stone in the mines.

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    Material Soapstone
    Type Sculptures
    Season or Holiday All Seasons
    Color Red
    Product Features Handmade
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      This a beautiful hand crafted piece of art. Give a room that little pop of color.

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      I will definitely recommend this to all my family and friends !! I was pleasantly impressed by the decor representing the two hearts — like heartstrings !! When in Africa I never saw this. BUT, I’m glad to acquire it now !! Africa will ALWAYS have my heart, my heartbeat AND MY HEARTSTRINGS!!!!!

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      A bit bigger than I thought but very nice. Bought it for my husband's office. His only complaint is that it really doesn't have a Kenya feel to it, just like any sculpture you'd could find anywhere.

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      This is an outstanding design and piece of art, but I wish it was a little bit bigger because of where I am displaying it now. The color is very good and the finish is unblemished.

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