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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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$ 26.00

 Virgo (August 23 – September 22)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

 Taurus (April 20 – May 20)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

 Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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 Pisces (February 19 – March 20)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

 Libra (September 23 – October 22)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches and under 1 inch thick....

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$ 26.00

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

 Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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 Cancer (June 21 – July 22)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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 Aries (March 21 – April 19)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 26.00

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the soapstone hearts are brightly painted and feature the zodiac sign on one side and the zodiac name on the other.  A great giftable for a birthday or as keepsake reminder to share the love with your family and friends.   Measures approximately 2.25-inches...

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$ 19.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, these soapstone hippo bowls make a great trinket dish to brighten up your nightstand, dresser, coffe table or office desk!   Measures approximately 5-inches from head to tail. /li> Hand-painted. Soapstone is a soft, natural mineral from the earth, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with...

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$ 21.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this natural stone compass is a beautiful decor item and can be used for many things from a paperweight, to desk decor, or token to remind one of the path they are on.  Great gift for men!  Product Features: Measures approximately 2.5-inches in diameter by 1.25-inch thick. Due to the...

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$ 59.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this natural stone compass is a beautiful piece of  art! Made from dark grey natural soapstone, it blends well with any decor and works well on a desk.  The significance of the compass as a metaphoric guiding point is a great reference of strength to support a friend. Great gift...

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$ 59.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this natural stone compass is a beautiful piece of  art! Made from dark grey natural soapstone, it blends well with any decor and works well on a desk.  The significance of the compass as a metaphoric guiding point is a great reference of strength to support a friend. Great gift...

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$ 29.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the Circle of Elephants is a reminder that we are all creatures of this great earth - interconnected in ways beyond understanding. Colors vary from cream to gold to orange earthy colors. Expect an assortment of colors with your order! This also serves as a comfort gift to someone going through...

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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the Circle of Elephants is a reminder that we are all creatures of this great earth - interconnected in ways beyond understanding. Colors vary from a darker natural stone in brown and grey. Expect an assortment of colors with your order! This also serves as a comfort gift to someone going...

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$ 24.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture creates an air of peace and tranquility. A wonderful gift to extend comfort to someone in need.  Product Features: Measures approximately 5-inches tall. Due to the hand-carved nature, exact size may vary slightly.   Handpainted and etched using traditional design inspiration.   Soapstone is a soft...

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$ 24.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture creates an air of peace and tranquility. A wonderful gift to extend comfort to someone in need.  Product Features: Measures approximately 5-inches tall. Due to the hand-carved nature, exact size may vary slightly.   Handpainted and etched using traditional design inspiration.   Soapstone is a soft...

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$ 24.99

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture creates an air of peace and tranquility. A wonderful gift to extend comfort to someone in need.  Product Features: Measures approximately 5-inches tall. Due to the hand-carved nature, exact size may vary slightly.   Color variations will range from cream to pink to gray to earthy...

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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture is paired with an eternal flame, representing the light that lives on and never dims. Beautiful home décor and a touching sympathy gift to bring comfort. Product Features: Measures approximately 5-inches tall by 3-inches wide. Due to the hand-carved nature, exact size may vary slightly.   Color...

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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture is holding a star, which many see as a symbol of inspiration, as a guide for those seeking comfort and hope through a guiding star. A thoughtful gift for those in need of comfort or sympathy. Product Features: Measures approximately 5-inches tall. Due to the hand-carved nature,...

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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this angel sculpture holding a heart creates an aura of peace and love. A wonderful gift to extend comfort to someone in need.  Product Features: Measures approximately 5-inches tall by 3-inches wide. Due to the hand-carved nature, exact size may vary. Color variations will range from cream to pink...