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Carved Soapstone Nativity, Western Kenya
Soapstone Nativity Set. Kenya, Africa

Carved Soapstone Nativity, Western Kenya

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Carved Soapstone Nativity


Each of the 7 pieces of this carved soapstone nativity is dyed black, then incised with a different graphic pattern. Proceeds go to the artisans' community to support a school. 

  • Soapstone
  • Tallest figure: 4 1/4 in. h x 1 3/4 in. w
  • Made by Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers

Kisii, a city in western Kenya, is surrounded by soapstone quarries and is well-known both for the quality of its soapstone and the skill of its carvers. Nyamarambe, a small village near Kisii, is the home of the 120-member Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Cooperative. This civic-minded group has been providing work for its members while also giving back to its community.

A source of great pride for the cooperative is the Nyabigena Mixed Day Academy, an elementary school which they opened in January 2007 which now educates 150 students from the proceeds from the sales of soapstone crafts.

4 Stars
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Great item, excellent condition. Good value for the money, but not excellent, hence the 4 stars. I really like the Kenyan kisi stone, so was willing to spend a little more for this one.
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