This pretty little tray features the symbolic tree of life design.
It is made from Kenyan soapstone and has been hand carved, hand painted and then engraved by highly skilled artisans.
Most of the worlds soapstone originates from the Kisii in the western highlands of Kenya which is home to some of the best soapstone artisans and carvers in the world.
The talc in soapstone is soft to touch, hence the name. This soapstone tray is beautifully tactile.
Before starting work the stone must be immersed in water to make it even 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.
Use this amazingly tactile tray for little keepsakes, earrings, business cards, credit cards, paper clips... anything you need to pick up quickly and get that unique soapstone touch on your way out the door or settling down to a stint of work.
Tree of Life... Who cannot like the Tree of Life?.. It links us all to our purpose.
If you like it as much as I do take a look at some more Tree of Life Lovelies...... Tree of Life Rice Husk Cup, Tree of Life Wall Hanging, Tree of Life Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace, Tree of Life Jute Eco Shopper.
Approximately: 10.5cm × 10.5cm
Made in Kenya
Siesta Crafts was started in 1983 by Chris and Les Harper with a market stall selling handicrafts that were brought back from their travels from Mexico and Guatemala (hence the name!).
They now import directly from suppliers in countries all over the world on a Fairtrade basis and they are proud to be a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers.
They specialise in unusual and interesting gifts. In this day and age of anodyne, cloned town high streets, it is good to see they have a vibrant, colourful presence with a wide range of unique and colourful handcrafted and fair trade items.
Their intention is that by trading with their producers they are helping them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, whilst simultaneously bringing to their customers the skills and crafts of other cultures.