An intricate flower carving decorates the lid of this box, and three flowers are etched on each side. Open it up for one more surprise flower, carved in relief on the bottom. Hand-carved of kisii, a soft soapstone. Multiple stages of sanding, followed by waxing, result in soft finish.
Handmade in Kenya
Dimensions: 3.5 in. square X 2 in. high
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. Once carved, the craftspeople smooth rough edges of the soapstone with sandpaper dipped in water and polish the piece to a high gloss. With every product you purchase, you are helping these artisans have employment, educational opportunities and medical care.