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Soapstone

SMOLart  - The Village Country Store

Smolart is a fair trade community based organization based in a small village of Tabaka Kisii county Kenya.  We (Smolart) work with 200 artisan who earn their living by the sale of their handcraft items made from Kisii soapstone a unique stone found only in this village of Tabaka.

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, 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 switchblades. "Pangas," sword-like tools usually used for cutting down vegetation, are used to cleave the stone in the mines.

 


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$ 14.85

Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this pack of 5 Sitting Cats are colorful and whimsical to brighten up the smallest spaces. Each measures approximately 2 inches tall.Colors will vary based on availability, but five unique colors will be provided for each set. Photos represent a variety of colors that may be included. Thank you for shopping The Village Country...

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$ 14.85

Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these darling dogs are cute and colorful and while they aren't a perfect substitute for man's best friend, they will surely bring a smile to your face and brighten up the smallest spaces. Measures approximately 2-inches tall. Colors will vary based on availability, but five unique colors will be provided for each set. Photos...

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$ 24.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture's sleek and modern style is perfect for every decor. Measures approximately 5.5-inches tall by 2-inches wide. Hand-painted in a lustrous black finish with etched design detailing Soapstone is a soft, natural mineral from the earth, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care...

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$ 24.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture's sleek style is perfect for every decor. Measures approximately 4.5-inches tall by 1.5-inches wide. Hand-painted in a lustrous red finish with etched design detailing Soapstone is a soft, natural mineral from the earth, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care to avoid...

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$ 19.99

This set of two complementing Zebra sculptures are each hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, and painted in opposite patterns to created an interconnected balance. Each measures approximately 2-inches tall by 3-inches wide.  Natural soapstone finish with black stripes; Painted black finish with natural stripes.  Soapstone is a soft, natural mineral from the earth, making...

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$ 30.00

African Soapstone is among the most beautiful in the world. Mined by hand from surface mines large stones are pulled by a team of workers, cleaved into smaller pieces and worked into stunning art and functional objects. This sculpture depicts a stylized family. The soapstone is natural. Please allow for color variation from cream to pink to gray in any...

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$ 30.00

African Soapstone is among the most beautiful in the world. Mined by hand from surface mines large stones are pulled by a team of workers, cleaved into smaller pieces and worked into stunning art and functional objects. This sculpture depicts a stylized family of 2 parents and 2 children. The soapstone is natural. Please allow for color variation from cream...

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$ 110.00

Hand carved from soapstone by African craftsmen, this menorah will provide a unique look to your home for the holidays. Measures 12 x 2.5 x 6 inches. Weighs 15lbs.Thank you for shopping The Village Country Store, authorized dealer for VHC Brands, Victorian Heart Quilts inc., and Fair Trade Artisan Gifts and Crafts.

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$ 39.99

Hand-carved soapstone square with grid serves as the board for this tic-tac-toe game and comes with carved and polished Xs and Os to complete this elegant set. Crafted by African artisans using traditional techniques, this set will become a conversation piece during play or on display! The soapstone rock is ideal for carving as it gets its softness from the...

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$ 12.99

Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique, they will vary slightly. Each is 4 inches tall and finished in black.Thank you for shopping The Village Country Store, authorized dealer for VHC Brands, Victorian Heart Quilts inc., and Fair Trade Artisan Gifts and Crafts.

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$ 12.99

Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique, they will vary slightly. Each is 4 inches tall and finished in a natural polish.Thank you for shopping The Village Country Store, authorized dealer for VHC Brands, Victorian Heart Quilts inc., and Fair Trade Artisan Gifts and Crafts.

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$ 12.99

Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique, they will vary slightly. Each is 4 inches tall and finished in red.Thank you for shopping The Village Country Store, authorized dealer for VHC Brands, Victorian Heart Quilts inc., and Fair Trade Artisan Gifts and Crafts.