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Hand-Carved African Soapstone Tortoise Dish

Swahili Modern


  • Often used as a catch-all for toys or school supplies, this handcrafted dish measures 5"x5" and features two hand-painted turtles.

    The dishes are carved from natural soapstone in rural Kenya, then dyed and hand-etched by artists in Nairobi.

    Due to the nature of non-toxic dyes, we do not recommend exposing the dish to water.

  • At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.


Vendor: Swahili Modern