Olive Wood Salad Servers With Bone Inlay

by: Swahili Imports

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  • Wild olive wood
  • Beautifully grained, each unique
  • Bone inlay on handles, design may vary slightly from image
  • Each carved from a single piece of wood
  • Hand carved by Kamba wood carvers
  • Size: 12” L x 3” W (spoon diameter)
  • Care: hand wash only, air dry
  • Produced following fair trade principles

Country: Kenya

The artisans of Swahili are located throughout Africa. Michael Zigani and his team are based in Burkina Faso, in West Africa. Handicapped from the waist down and living without any use of his legs, Michael admirably still supports his entire family by designing handcrafted beautiful leather bags. Michael’s smile, creativity and craftsmanship are brilliant. Michael works hard as the lead designer of the vibrant leather handbags he makes with the help of his artisan friends.

Much bone crafting occurs in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. In spite of the high population concentration, poverty and sanitation concerns, many individuals work hard to use their own creativity to elevate their families from the slum. The money earned from crafting discarded bones from nearby butchers and restaurants, allows parents to pay school fees, feed their families and pay rent.

The olive wood is crafted from Kenyan government managed forests. The Akamba artisans inhabit the Machakos region about 75 miles East of Nairobi, Kenya, exhibit great carving skills, and work together in small cooperative groups. The income earned from carving is applied to school fees, clothing, savings and health care.


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