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Kenya has one of the fastest growing populations in the world. This creates a severe job shortage. By carving kisii stone, artisans are able to provide for their families.
Kenyan soapstone or "kisii" (kiss-ee*-ee) is only found in the Tabaka Hills in Western Kenya. The stone comes in a variety of colors ranging from black to white and even pink. Stones are quarried and then hand-carried to workshops as far as six miles (10 km) away. Craftspeople use a panga, a large knife, to break the stone to size and carve the rough shape. Details are done with a kisu, a small knife. Following this, items are polished with sandpaper and cleaned with a small brush.
Muhugu Wood and Kisii Stone from Kenya
Handmade Paper from Bangladesh
For more information about Kenya, check out KenyaWeb.
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