This beautiful plate is hand-carved from a single piece of natural soapstone. The playful Mama and Baby Elephants are etched into the stone, making an adorable accent. The craftsmanship is superb with great attention to detail. This is a functional and decorative plate. This can be used for all types of food items. Whimsical and ethical gift.
- Measures approximately: 8 inches square.
- CARE: Handwash with gentle sponge and soap. Occasionally, apply food grade mineral oil or cooking oil to bring out the shine.
- 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.
- Fair Trade.
Because a variety of communities carve the statue, expect designs variations and color variation in the natural stone.
Story Behind the Art:
Kisii soapstone is one of the most well-known artforms from East Africa. A hand-carved piece of art from the Kisii region of Kenya is a real treasure. Soapstone is mined from the Tabaka Hills and then carved by talented artisans into many designs that are beautiful and some functional. Laborers work with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks. The large pieces of stone are cut using pangas (large knives) and then brought to the workshop for carving and finishing. The soapstone from the Tabaka Hills come in a range of colors from white to pink to grey. As it is crafted, it goes through multiple stages of sanding and waxing which gives the soapstone a satiny finish. Each etching is intricately carved by hand.