These small coloured trays are made from Kenyan soapstone and have been hand carved by highly skilled artisans. Each tray has been hand painted and then etched with a design of two giraffes. Very versatile items, these trays can be a home for your keys, a handy tray kept on your coffee table, or as a base for a candle display.
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.
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