Soapstone Gifts

These beautiful gifts in Soapstone are hand crafted by Kisac Fair Trade and other groups in the Kisii province of Kenya near Lake Victoria. Many of the items incorporate hearts as gifts for loved ones, and other designs are inspired by African wildlife and village scenes.

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The Kisii soapstone is unique in the world. Strong, relatively easy to carve, it can be found in the most striking colours: from stark white, to marbled pinks and greys, to yellows, creams and jet-black.

ImageMining the stone of the Kisii hills in Kenya is all done by hand with hammers, picks and chisels. The stones are made into the approximate shapes with machetes, axes and handsaws. The stones are then carried by manpower out of the mines.

Carving is also done entirely by hand, and the tools are often improvised and locally made from recycled metal. Most men around the village of Tabaka, where the main soapstone production happens, know how to carve. Learning happens informally in families as boys watch their fathers carve.

Sanding is called washing, because it is done in water. Mostly the job of women, it is labour intensive as each piece can be sanded up to 6 times.

ImageDepending on the design, a piece can be left "natural", exhibiting the colours of the stone itself, or it can be decorated. Colour is applied to a piece, and detailed highlights in white are then etched into the applied colour. Polishing is finally applied to the finished piece.

Kisac are members of several Fair Trade Networks including World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Cooperation for Alternative Trade in Africa (Cofta) and the Kenyan Federation for Alternative Trade (Kefat) and adhere to the principles of Faire Trade as set by the WFTO.


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HA49 - 10cm Bowl With Animal Design (Daylight)

Size:10cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA49

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HA49 - 10cm Bowl With Animal Design (Sunset)

Size:10cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA49

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HA50 - 15cm Bowl With Animal Design (Daylight)

Size:15cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA50

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HA50 - 15cm Bowl With Animal Design (Sunset)

Size:15cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA50

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HA50 - 15cm Bowl With 'Big 5' Design (Daylight)

Size:15cm
Colour:Big 5
Code:HA50a

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HA50 - 15cm Bowl With 'Big 5' Design (Sunset)

Size:15cm
Colour:Big 5
Code:HA50a

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HA13 - 10cm Heart Dish with Animal Design (Daylight)

Size:10cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA13

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HA13 - 10cm Heart Dish with Animal Design (Sunset)

Size:10cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA13

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HA14 - 15cm Heart Dish with Animal Design (Daylight)

Size:15cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA14

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HA14 - 15cm Heart Dish with Animal Design (Sunset)

Size:15cm
Colour:Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo
Code:HA14

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