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The products that we sell are produced in Kenya. The local craftsmen produce them with the use of various materials. Especially paper, coconut, cattle bones and horns. And last but certainly not least, we must also mention soapstone.

 

Soapstone (talc, steatite) – the softest mineral when you look at a scale of hardness. Its chemical composition = Mg3(OH)2Si4O10. It can be colourless, white, slightly green, slightly pink, slightly red, brown, dark green, dark blue and even grey. Its shine is oily, even pearly and when you scratch it, it is white. It is known as a versatile, “miraculous stone”. It does not conduct electricity, it is antistatic and resistant to nearly all alkalis and acids. It is an excellent accumulator of heat and a first class sound absorber at the same time. In Kenya, they use it to make small gift items. They are very original, and all the more so thanks to the unique colour and texture of the mineral itself.

 

Coconut wood – processed coconut wood is used mainly in the production of beads and buttons. It is an exotic wood with very distinct features, which create a unique design with every cut – each bead is original. The production process for coconut wood is the same as with other types of wood.

Banana leaves after being dried, they are often used to weave furniture. We offer them in the form of beautiful handbags (perfect not only for the beach).

 

Cattle bones – after wood and stone, they were the most important material used before the discovery of metal. In ancient days, they were used to produce weapons, tools, decorations and even jewellery. The bones must first be very carefully boiled and disinfected before anyone begins to work with them. After that has been done, similar production processes are employed as with the previously stated materials.

Horns – working with cattle horns is also an old craft. The spectrum of colour is very wide, so you get some very original pieces. The work processes are the same as with bones. The craftsmen produce bracelets, pendants and other decorations.

 

Working with bones and horns is a so called total recycling system. No animal is tortured to get these materials. They are domestic animals which are a means of subsistence for the craftsmen.

 

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