This sculpture is carved from Kisii soapstone which is mined from one of six quarries in Western Kenya. Miners work in the quarries in four-hour shifts, mining the stone by hand. They chisel the pieces loose and lift the rocks to the top of the mine with metal chains. Carvers cut the large rocks into smaller pieces, then chisel a rough shape into the stone. Women then sandwash the stone pieces and polish them. A clear wax is applied to accentuate the stone’s natural lustre.
The stone carvers of Kisii are one of many craft groups working alongside Trade Aid’s partner, Undugu.
Instructions for use: Place holder on a flat heat resistant surface. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep away from draughts, open windows, high movement areas & out of reach of children & pets. Keep away from flammable objects. Do not move holder or candle while lit. This unit may become hot after use so take care when handling.
Natural stone colours may vary.
Undugu Society of Kenya
Undugu, (a Kiswahili word for brotherhood and solidarity) was established to work with street children and support development work in Nairobi slums. Producer co-operatives are formed to provide income generation for over 800 families and groups throughout Kenya. Producers benefit from business training and health education including HIV/AIDS information.Read more
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