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Angel Swinging on Crescent Moon Ornament, Sisal and Banana Fiber

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This angel on the moon is ethereal and hangs beautifully on a tree.  Handcrafted from banana fiber and sisal.

  • Handmade in Kenya using natural sisal and banana fiber.  
  • Measures approximately 6-inches tall. 
  • Loop at the top for hanging.
  • Recycled, eco-friendly materials. 

The Story Behind the Art:

Women in the villages in Kenya, near Kitui, are educated and trained on the handmade craft of recycling the dried fiber of banana plants, which would normally be discarded. They use their talents to transform the banana fiber into new, eco-friendly art forms. First, the banana fiber is dried, and then a light varnish is applied. The varnish on the banana fiber, with its many shades of brown, resembles textured tortoise shell. Once the process is complete, the artisans cut the fiber into strips to make one-of-a-kind goods.

Sisal is a vegetable fiber that is super-strong and sustainable. Grown in tropical locations, it can be processed into a wide range of textiles and materials. 



More from This Maker: Esther Karioki


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