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Soap Stone Nativity Set

$ 40.00

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This sleek nativity set was hand-carved from soapstone by artisans in western Kenya! No two sets are alike because the soapstone, which was mined from pits in Kiisi, Kenya, has natural color variation, and artisans with various styles carve sizes and shapes differently. Each set is one of a kind and a stunning addition to your holiday decor that is timeless and you can bring out year after year!  


+ Made in western Kenya 
+ The largest piece in this nativity set is approx. 6 inches tall.
+ Features 12 figurines hand-carved from natural soapstone.
+ Color variations can range from creamy white to pink to grey to gold in any single piece. 
+ Soapstone is a soft stone, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care to avoid breakage. 
+ Each piece has gone through multiple stages of sanding and waxing, giving the soapstone a satiny finish. 
+ Because a variety of communities carve the figurines, design variations should be expected and appreciated for the unique handmade nature of each piece. Photos show a representation of pieces!  

ARTISAN DETAILS: SMOLArt (Small, Medium, and Large Artists)  

Soapstone is carved by 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.