These fun and whimsical yogis offer a great stand for photos, business cards, place cards or signs. Each piece depicts a pose: happy baby, side plank, downward dog (in the form of a dog) and cat pose (a cat!). The dog and cat are perfect for displaying a favorite pet. Playful and colorful! Unique, ethical gift for yogi or pet owner.
Each figure has a slit that was hand carved to fit a photo or card. These are handmade so the slit size might vary.
Because a variety of artists carve the figures, expect some design variations from piece to piece.
Story Behind the Art:
Kisii soapstone is one of the most well-known artforms from East Africa. A hand-carved piece of art from the Kisii region of Kenya is a real treasure. Soapstone is mined from the Tabaka Hills and then carved by talented artisans into many designs that are beautiful and some functional. Laborers work with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks. The large pieces of stone are cut using pangas (large knives) and then brought to the workshop for carving and finishing. The soapstone from the Tabaka Hills come in a range of colors from white to pink to grey. As it is crafted, it goes through multiple stages of sanding and waxing which gives the soapstone a satiny finish. Each etching is intricately carved by hand.