Rainbow Soapstone Heart Trinket Bowl
Rainbow Soapstone Heart Trinket Bowl
Rainbow Soapstone Heart Trinket Bowl
Rainbow Soapstone Heart Trinket Bowl
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Rainbow Soapstone Heart Trinket Bowl

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These rainbow colorful heart dishes are a fair trade product handmade in Kenya. They are hand-carved out of stone, sanded until smooth, and dyed. These unique catchalls can be used to hold change, jewelry, keys, or office supplies. Brighten up your nightstand, dresser, coffetable or office desk!  
  • Color: Rainbow
  • Materials: Kisii Soapstone
  • Made in Kenya
  • Size: Approximately 5 inches

Care Instructions

  • Each is made of natural stone, but because they are dyed, please avoid getting them wet as it could damage the dye.

Meet the Artisan

Smolart

The artists of SMOLArt, a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the soapstone products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization support community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.
Soapstone is mined from great pits in the area surrounding Kiisi, Kenya. The mined soapstone is then delivered to carvers who carve sculptures from the natural stone for the wholesale market, the color of which ranges from cream, to pink, to brown, to yellow, to black, to a marbling of all of them. Once carved, the craftspeople smooth rough edges of the soapstone with sandpaper dipped in water and polish the piece to a high gloss or paint African motifs in brilliant colors with etched accents.
All of the soapstone products we sell are completely handmade. The tools consist of household items from screwdrivers, hand drills, to switchblades. "Pangas," sword-like tools usually used for cutting down vegetation, are used to cleave the stone in the mines.


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