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Banana Fiber Nativity Set Round - 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 Nativity Set - Kenya
janet vacanti on 7/8/2014 5:38:07 AM
Detailed Comments: Wasn't sure about these when I first ordered them but I was delighted by their quality and size and customers love them.
Nancy Ehrlich on 2/13/2013 9:24:55 AM
Detailed Comments: these little turtles look real. We've had customers stop and look twice, perfect gift for little boys who love critters or just those who like to collect.
Tibout Glazenburg on 7/25/2012 9:56:04 AM
Detailed Comments: Amazing what the artisans are capable of creating from dried banana leaves! Frogs & turtles are always popular with our customers and this is unique addition to their collection.
"Banana Fiber Turtle"
Dr. James E. Parsons on 5/26/2012 10:24:31 AM
Detailed Comments: Well-made piece of Kenyan folk art!
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