Kisii Stone Wise Words Heart

Swahili African Modern

$10.00 - $12.00
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When one feels strongly enough to set their words in stone, this beautifully crafted keepsake can become a treasured memento.  Kenyan artisans hand carve our Wise Words heart paperweights from soft soapstone, then add a bright dyed finish and a thought-provoking hand etched inscription.

 

Kisii soapstone 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 each heart is handcrafted, slight variations are normal.

 

Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Size: Approximately 3.5"T x 3.5"W,

Medium: 4.5"T x 4.5"W

Handcarved in Kenya