How cute are these cats? Kenyan artisans hand carve each miniature sculpture from soft kisii soapstone, then hand dye each cat with bright non-toxic dyes. Etched flowers add some serious sweetness.
Kisii stone is a soapstone that comes from the Kisii region of Kenya. The soapstone is mined by hand in the Tabaka Hills. Individual carvers usually specialise in 1 or 2 types of items, breaking the stones with a panga (machete) and then using a hammer and chisel or knife to create a rough shape. The soapstone is often immersed into water so that it is easier to carve. Once it's finished it is sanded and polished, and sometimes dyed.
Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary slightly.
Soapstone, non-toxic dye
Size: 1"L x 1"W x 2"T
Handcrafted in Kenya