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KSANAT4-5

Holy Family Soapstone Nativity, 5-Piece Set

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Hand-carved from Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this 5-piece Nativity set includes Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, and animals in a sleek, modern sculpture set. 

Because a variety of communities carve the figurines, designs variations should be expected and appreciated for the unique handmade nature of each piece. Photos show a representation of pieces. 

Product Features:

  • Features 5 figurines hand-carved from natural soapstone. Color variations can range from creamy white to pink to grey to gold in any single piece. 
  • Tallest piece measures approximately 4-inches tall. Smallest piece is approximately 1.25-inches tall. Diameter of each piece is approximately 1-inch. Baby Jesus is approximately 1.5-inches in length by 1-inch wide. Due to the handmade nature, actual size of each piece will vary slightly. 
  • Soapstone is a soft stone, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care to avoid breakage. 
  • Each piece has gone through multiple stages of sanding and waxing, giving the soapstone a satiny finish.
  • Socially responsible products that empower consumers to purchase according to their values and help alleviate global poverty.
  • Fair Trade is an alternative business model that values safe workplaces, fair wages and community investment for factory employees.

Story Behind the Art:

Each sculpture is artfully hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone, found only in the hills of southwestern Kenya. Mining the soapstone from surface hills is a labor-intensive process, using little to no machinery. Laborers work with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks, which are then carved into beautiful art. ​

 


Meet the Maker: smolart
Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of... read more