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Red Tree of Life Tray

Discover the elegance of our red Tree of Life Tray, a true work of art that combines craftsmanship, beauty, and a touch of Kenya’s cultural heritage. Measuring at a charming 10½cm x 10½cm, this small square soapstone tray is more than just a practical addition to your home; it’s a symbol of meaningful craftsmanship and fair trade.

Crafted from Kenyan soapstone, each of these trays is a testament to the skill and dedication of our highly talented artisans. The soapstone’s bold red hue adds a vibrant touch to any space, making it a captivating décor piece that goes beyond mere functionality.

What truly sets these trays apart is the exquisite Tree of Life design meticulously hand-carved onto the surface. The Tree of Life, a universal symbol of interconnectedness and growth, brings a sense of harmony and vitality to your surroundings. It’s a reminder of our connection to nature and the beauty of fair trade, as these trays are crafted with care and respect for the artisans who create them.

Not only are these trays visually stunning, but they also carry a deeper significance. They serve as a representation of your support for fair trade practices, ensuring that the talented artisans behind each piece are treated with fairness and dignity.

Whether you use it to display trinkets, serve snacks, or simply as a captivating decorative piece, our Tree of Life Soapstone Tray is a testament to artistry, ethics, and the natural world. Bring a touch of Kenya’s rich heritage and craftsmanship into your home with this exquisite creation.

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. 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.

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.

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 so the one you receive could differ slightly from the pictures shown.

Measurements: approx. 10½ x 10½

Material: Soapstone

Care: Wash by hand

Credentials: Fair trade (from a BAFTS-registered supplier), sustainable

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