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Colourful Soapstone Hippo: 8½ x 5cm, Hand Carved | Fair Trade

£4.20 Incl. VAT

  • Simple and beautiful
  • Hand carved in Kenya
  • Fair trade, ethical

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Soapstone Hippo

This friendly soapstone hippo was hand carved by skilled artisans in Kenya and is both simple and beautiful. It would make a lovely gift for hippo collectors, animal lovers, and anyone who appreciates unusual artefacts.

In a choice of colours, each hippo is embellished with elegant etchings.

What is soapstone?

Soapstone is the name given to rocks that contain a high amount of talc. It is also known as soap rock or steatite. The majority of the worlds soapstone originates from Kisii in the western highlands of Kenya and so is home to the best soapstone artisans and carvers.

The soapstone is immersed in water to make it softer before carving. Using a hammer and chisel the main shape is carved out and colour then added. A smaller knife, known as a kisu, is then used for the engraved design or illustration.

Believed to have calming properties, it is said that soapstone can help a person adapt and cope with change. It is associated with the Root Chakra, the number 7, the zodiac sign Sagittarius, and the element Air

These items are carved and painted by hand so the one you receive could differ slightly from the pictures shown

Did you know…?

No mechanisation is applied to the mining or carving of soapstone – it is all done entirely by hand. Quarries are back-filled and after 5-10 years the soapstone begins to reform, making this a wonderfully sustainable product.

Size: 8½ x 5cm

Material: Soapstone

Origin: Kenya

Credentials: Sustainable, fair trade (from a BAFTS-registered supplier), ethical

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