BOWLS, SOAPSTONE HIPPOS, Fair-Trade Kenya, Global Crafts - 3.5 inch bowl

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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, these soapstone hippo bowls make a great dish to brighten up your nightstand, dresser, coffe table or office desk. 

The bowl area is roughly 3-4 inches in diameter; the full piece measures 4-5 inches from head to tail. 

Hand-painted. Soapstone is a soft, natural mineral from the earth, 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.

Socially responsible products that empower consumers to purchase according to their values and help alleviate global poverty. Fair Trade is an alternative business model that values safe workplaces, fair wages and community investment for factory employees. 

Story Behind the Art:

Each sculpture is artfully hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone, found only in the hills of southwestern Kenya. Mining the soapstone from surface hills is a labor-intensive process, using little to no machinery. Laborers works with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks, which are then carved into beautiful art.