Crafted by hand from Kenyan soapstone, these sweet parent and child purple pigs make for a beautiful decorative piece or can be used as a practical paperweight.
Most of the worlds soapstone originates from Kisii in the western highlands of Kenya and so is home to the best soapstone artisans and carvers.
Before starting work the stone must be immersed in water to make it softer and therefore easier to work with. 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.
Soapstone is believed to have calming properties that 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: Approx: 6cm high x 10cm long x 8cm wide
Credentials: Fair trade, ethical, hand crafted
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