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Siesta / Gifts / Other Handicrafts / Tree of Life Soapstone Tray



    • These pretty little trays feature the popular tree of life design. They are made from Kenyan soapstone and have been hand carved, hand painted and then engraved by highly skilled artisans.

      Most of the worlds soapstone originates from Kisii in the western highlands of Kenya and so is home to the best soapstone artisans and carvers. The talc in soapstone is soft to touch, hence the name. Before starting work the stone must be immersed in water to make it even softer and therefore easier to work with. Using a hammer and chisel the main shape is carved out and colour then added. A smaller knife, known as a kisu, is then used for the engraved design or illustration

      Approx: 10.5cm × 10.5cm
      Origin: Kenya

      • Brightly coloured trays
      • Hand carved and engraved
      • Useful and versatile size
      • Fair Trade from Kenya
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