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Set of Three Banana Fiber Santa Riding on Safari Animals- Lion, Zebra, Elephant

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This stunning set of three banana fiber Christmas sculptures are cute and sophisticated.  Santa is coming to town... Kenya style!  Santa is riding an elephant, zebra, and lion, making whimsical and fun Christmas decorations! 

Hand-crafted from banana fiber leaves from banana trees in Kenya.   It is a beautiful and sustainable material that has a tortoise shell finish.   Great holiday and Christams gift for the safari or Africa lover. 

  • Set of 3.  
  • Approximate measurements: Zebra- 6 x 2 inches, Lion and Elephant 5 x 2 inches.
  • Fair Trade.
  • Upcycled, Recycled, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Decor.

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.


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