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More from This Maker : Esther Karioki

Esther Karioki

Banana Fiber Santa Riding Zebra Small Tabletop Decor

This adorable sculpture depicts Santa riding a zebra.  Each piece is very detailed and ornately woven.  This is a fun ornament for the tree or tabletop display.  These are handcrafted from the leaves of  banana trees in Kenya which is a beautiful and sustainable material with a tortoise shell finish.  

  • Measures approximately : 4 inches tall and 6 inches long.
  • Actual pieces may vary slightly in color, size or shape due to the handmade nature of each piece. 

The Story Behind the Art:

Women in the villages in Kenya, near Kitui, are educated and trained on the handmade craft of recycling the dried fiber of banana plants, which would normally be discarded. They use their talents to transform the banana fiber into new, eco-friendly art forms. First, the banana fiber is dried, and then a light varnish is applied. The varnish on the banana fiber, with its many shades of brown, resembles textured tortoise shell. Once the process is complete, the artisans cut the fiber into strips to make one-of-a-kind goods.







More from This Maker : Esther Karioki