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Black 6 inch Soapstone Lovers Knot by SMOLArt

SKU: KSAKNB6SMOLArtAvailable Order Processed Within 24 Hours
$29.95

Product Description

Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this sculpture is an abstract artwork celebrating the loving bond between two souls.

Known as "the wedding sculpture" in Kenya, the two loops represent two people joined as one, yet still separate individuals.

A wonderful and unique wedding, anniversary or engagement gift! 

This piece stands 6 inches tall.

Please allow for variations.

Product Features:

  • Measures approximately 6-inches tall. Due to the handmade nature, actual size may vary by up to a half inch. 
  • Hand-painted with a lustrous black finish to match any decor. 
  • Soapstone is a soft stone, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care to avoid breakage. 
  • Each piece has gone through multiple stages of sanding and waxing, giving the soapstone a satiny finish.
  • Socially responsible products that empower consumers to purchase according to their values and help alleviate global poverty.
  • Fair Trade is an alternative business model that values safe workplaces, fair wages and community investment for factory employees.

Story Behind the Art:

Each sculpture is artfully hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone, found only in the hills of southwestern Kenya.

Mining the soapstone from surface hills is a labor-intensive process, using little to no machinery.

Laborers works with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks, which are then carved into beautiful art. ​

A Bit About SMOLArt:

Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts.

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.

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 color of which ranges from cream, to pink, brown, yellow, black, and finally, 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.

How long will it take to get my order?

All of our products listed in our store are in stock. We ship them out within 2 business days from our location in Florida, US. Please allow 3 to 7 business days for your delivery.

How do you ship?   

We ship by UPS Ground on larger items and USPS on smaller items. Shipping is free on orders of $75 or more to US addresses. Once shipped we will forward your  tracking number.

Can I return the product?   

Yes, you can return your product(s) within 30 days of your delivery date, but we hope you won't:) Our return location is Bonsai & Bear, 6450 Aragon Way, Unit 108, Fort Myers, FL 33966. Please forward your return tracking number so that we can verify receipt of your return. You can send it to hello@bonsaiandbear.com.     

We will issue your refund to the method of payment on your order within 5 business days. Please note that all items must be     returned without damage and in "like new" condition to be eligible for a refund.