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Set of Three Handcrafted Mini Soapstone Hearts - Smolart - Fair Trade Travel Gifts

Set of Three Handcrafted Mini Soapstone Hearts - Smolart

$21.99  In Stock


A beautiful gift to express your love, these are hand-carved from soapstone in Kenya, which is world renown for their soapstone crafts. This set is comprised of three hearts hand-painted on both sides. Each set allows you to show your love for not only the receiver but for the amazing Fair Trade artist who is paid fairly and on time for their craftsmanship. 

  • Hand-carved and painted by Fair Trade artisans in Kenya
  • Each heart is 1.75 inches in size
  • Colors and designs will vary from the image as each is handmade

Meet the Artisans

Metal Artisan in Haiti Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the soapstone products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization support community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.

Soapstone is mined from great pits in the area surrounding Kiisi, Kenya. The mined soapstone is then delivered to carvers who carve sculptures from the natural stone for the wholesale market, the color of which ranges from cream to pink, to brown, to yellow, to black, to a marbling of all of them. Once carved, the craftspeople smooth rough edges of the soapstone with sandpaper dipped in water and polish the piece to a high gloss or paint African motifs in brilliant colors with etched accents.

All of the soapstone products we sell are completely handmade. The tools consist of household items from screwdrivers, hand drills, to switch blades. "Pangas," sword-like tools usually used for cutting down vegetation, are used to cleave the stone in the mines.