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Natural Soapstone 12 piece Nativity Set

Natural Soapstone 12 piece Nativity Set

$38.00
SKU: GC-KST004_602024
Availability: 6 in stock

Hand carved from natural cream-colored soapstone in Kenya, this nativity set has 12 pieces, the tallest of which is 6 inches tall. All the characters are present; Mary Joseph and Jesus, the shepherds and their sheep, Mary’s donkey,  the three wise men and the angel. Variations in color and design will occur due to the nature of the stone and the individual carver.



All of our items are hand made in Kenya, Africa. We offer Fair Trade, Green Eco gifts. Our sales provide income for families in Kenya. Thank you for shopping at Aina Moja.
  • Description

    Product Description

    Hand carved from natural cream-colored soapstone in Kenya, this nativity set has 12 pieces, the tallest of which is 6 inches tall. All the characters are present; Mary Joseph and Jesus, the shepherds and their sheep, Mary’s donkey,  the three wise men and the angel. Variations in color and design will occur due to the nature of the stone and the individual carver.

    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 natural color of the stone 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, dye the stone with a variety of colors 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 such as screwdrivers, hand drills, small pen knives, and nail files.

    Aina Moja supports a number of Soapstone finishers.  These Nativity sets are crafted by the artists of SMOLART. . 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.

  • Additional Information

    Additional Information

    Variation

    Soapstone has a unique coloration and grain. Each piece of this nativity set will reflect the unique characteristics.

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  • What We Do

    Our Products

    Aina Moja is Kiswahili for "one of a kind". Each item is uniquely hand-made by African artists and therefore, one of a kind. Due to the fact that each item is handmade, actual item may vary slightly from product image.

    Aina Moja products are sold at art and craft fairs throughout the summer and fall as well as in the Aina Moja shop in Belfast, Maine.

    Aina Moja is a member of Fair Trade Gifts and is part of the Artisan Support project of Expanding Opportunities, a 501(3)c organization.

    Our Money

    Our items are purchased directly from artisans in Kenya, Africa and not at tourist stations. The purchase of the items supports individuals and families in Kenya.

    Proceeds from sales of the items at Aina Moja help support the projects of Expanding Opportunities, including the Street Children Fund, STEMS, Camp Forest, Friends Across the Ocean, Books for Kenya, and Distance Learning Centers. Expanding Opportunities has the greater mission of increasing self-sufficiency through educational and charitable projects for people nationally and internationally.


    Aina Moja offers you an opportunity to donate for a child or give to Expanding Opportunities. Add a donation to your order for yourself or give a donation as a gift.