Each bookend is hand-carved from a single piece of natural soapstone and is a beautiful, abstract sculptures. The simple designs depict a person on each end, holding up the weight of the books. These are substantial and great for heavy books. A true work of art and great ethical gift.
Because a variety of communities carve the statue, expect designs variations and color variation in the natural stone.
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.