Hand carved in Kenya
Handmade African spice spoons, hand carved from wild olive wood, make unique gifts for any occasion. Wild olive wood serving pieces are hand-carved by Kamba people living in the bush of Eastern Kenya. Special permits must be received to fell an olive wood tree, and the carvers make use of every inch of this prized wood. Often several artisans work on a single piece, with specialities in carving, smoothing, staining, and adding cow bone. Each spoon has a unique pattern created by the natural grain of the wood and is embellished with cow bone inlay decorated with simple lines. Sold as a set of 4.
4.5" x 2" x 0.5"
About the Brand
Swahili was founded to help traditional African craft forms thrive. Artisans can earn a living from the comfort of home by doing creative work, so they have options beyond seeking work in cities. Through export, skills inherited through generations - sometimes with deep-rooted cultural significance - continue to bring meaning, stability and a sense of pride to entire communities. Crafting handmade products provides a particularly vital employment option for rural African women. The backbone of the family, rural women cook, clean, garden, care for the extended family and often shoulder the burden of paying school fees. Creating products from home around daily responsibilities empowers rural women as earners, while working together on orders brings communities together and highlights the power of teamwork. By following fair trade principles, Swahili offers their artisan partners across Africa the means to build stronger homes and communities by their own design.