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Banana Fiber Santa in a Boat Ornament
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Banana Fiber Nativity Set - Kenya
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Esther Kariuki is an independent artisan who, in her area of Kenya, near Kitui, has organized and trained women in her village to use the dried fiber of the banana plant, which would normally be discarded. The banana fiber is first dried, and then a light varnish applied. Once this process is complete craftspeople cut the fiber into thin strips to make several different items, including boxes, Bao Bab trees and mobiles. The varnish on the banana fiber with its many tones of brown resembles textured tortoise shell.
Esther ensures the craftspeople are paid a fair wage for their goods, which has enabled many in her small village to earn a sustainable wage.
Banana Fiber Turtle - Kenya
"Banana Fiber Nativity"
Nancy Case on 12/14/2012 5:36:08 AM
Detailed Comments: The detail in this nativity is exceptional! I'm very happy to point out the figures in the nativity. The curved container makes a wonderful manger. It is a great seller.
sharon caruana vella on 10/20/2012 11:44:26 PM
Detailed Comments: Wonderful. Very creative, well constructed and original. This was bought as a gift for someone who collects small to medium size cribs from around the world. It truly impressed.
Dr. James E. Parsons on 5/26/2012 10:28:26 AM
Detailed Comments: Box becomes the "stable" in this charming nativity from Kenya.
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