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Soapstone VW Pencil Boxes from Kenya

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  • Volkswagon Kombi buses decorate this colorful soapstone box from Kenya, where VW buses are frequently used as taxis and can be seen all over Nairobi.

    Featuring a custom-fitted lid, these 2" x 8" boxes are ideal for storing pens or any small item. Each Fair Trade box is hand-carved by Gusii artisans in western Kenya and hand-dyed, carved, and painted by Nairobi artists.

    Makes a great gift for the VW fan!

  • 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.


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