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Soapstone Mudcloth Design Safari Elephant and Hippo Bowl Set

This safari set features two artfully carved pieces - a decorative elephant and trinket elephant bowl. Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, each is uniquely handmade and decorated in a traditional mud cloth design.  The artisans painted simple tribal designs to form a modern and neutral design that can go with any decor.  The lucky elephant and hippo make a great, ethical gift.

Product Features:

  • The elephant measures approximately 3 inches and the hippo bowl is approximately 5 inches.
  • Soapstone is a soft stone, making it ideal for carving into many forms. Use care when handling 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. 




Meet the Maker : SMOLArt
Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of... read more