These friendly soapstone elephant ornaments would look great sat together on any shelf or fireplace. Their vibrant colours and cheerful body language are sure to brighten up your room.
• The natural soapstone lends itself perfectly to creating these beautiful ornaments that carry carefully-etched details.
Hand-carved by skilled Fair Trade artisans in Kisii, Kenya. Most people in Kisii live a subsistence lifestyle, so the income from soapstone handicrafts is vital to their existence.
Dimensions - height 8 cm x length 11 cm x width 6.7 cm approximately.
Please note: Sold as a set of 2.
Keep out of direct sunlight. Use beeswax to polish. Do not use water on these painted products.
Did you know?
• Kisii is the region where most of the world's supply of soapstone originates. Naturally occuring soapstone is a relatively soft stone, a calcium carbonate. Over many generations the people of Kisii have learned to carve beautiful artefacts from the stone.
• First the soapstone is mined by hand in the local, open mines. No machinery is used to mine and as a result, it can be a dangerous job, particularly in the rainy season. The stone is removed using hand held picks and the rocks are cut into smaller sizes using a saw.
• Then, using a hammer and a chisel, the soapstone is carved. A knife is sometimes used in addition or at different stages of the carving to get the rough outline required. The stone is then placed in water.
Sandpaper is used to smooth the chiselled stone. This is a long process and different sandpaper is used until the stone is completely smooth and there are no chisel marks left. The women often do the sanding.
• The stone is painted, often using a sponge to mix colours, covering the white soapstone underneath.
• The piece is then finished-off with a beeswax polish.
Women's Skills Development Organisation, Nepal
The Women's Skills Development Organisation is located in Pokhara, Nepal was established and registered in 1975, which was declared International Women's Year by the United Nations.
A non-profit and non-government supported organisation that is completely self-sufficient. Their primary objective is to provide handicraft-related skills training to poor, misfortunate Nepalese women, so that they may become self-supportive. The women being trained come from a wide variety of social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Many of them come from the rural villages and have been widowed, divorced, handicapped, abused, or are treated as "untouchable caste" women.
After arriving on site, the women are provided training in the following disciplines: material cutting, sewing, weaving, dying, business management, and various other skills related to handicraft production. The Project has been able to provide hundreds of women with the vocational skills necessary to become self-reliant.
Currently, there are approximately 380 women employees many of whom participate in classes in health awareness and English language which are provided by local and foreign volunteers. To help with family commitments, the women are able to take away ready-dyed materials in order to be able to work from home.
Our striking brown cotton shoulder bag with dark pink and cream stripes was hand woven by artisans at The Women`s Skills Development Project. You can read more about WSDP in our Fair Trade Producers section.
You should receive your delivery within 2-5 days from placing your online order with us.
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However, please allow up to 5 working days before you contact us with any issues.
Deliveries are made by Royal Mail from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 3pm.
You must notify us of your intentions within 30 days of your initial receipt of the goods. We will then agree with you what action to take, including the opportunity to exchange your unwanted product for another item.
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Cute elephants. Nicely finished.
Fast delivery & excellent service all round.Neil (Nov 17 2016, 08:47 AM)
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