Set of 3 Mini Handcrafted Soapstone Hippos Handmade and Fair Trade | The Village Country Store

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Set of 3 Mini Handcrafted Soapstone Hippos - Smolart

19.95

Set of three brightly colored hippos each hippo is 2 inches tall, by 2.5 inches long and is hand painted with an abstract design. Colors and designs may not be exactly as pictured, we will select you three pieces in different colors.

Meet the Artisans

Metal Artisan in Haiti 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, to brown, to yellow, to black, 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.

Shipping

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We also offer Priority Mail for US and International orders. Please note international orders may get charged Duty and Taxes by your the country of destination. You are solely responsible for any duty or taxes.

Returns

Our policy lasts 30 days. Within 30 days of purchase you can return your goods, no questions asked.  If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

General Returns
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it.


Please contact us for a return authorization and shipping instructions.  Please include the paperwork you received with your order or a print out of your email confirmation to enable us to process your return.


If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance.

Damaged Goods
Please notify us by email admin@thevillagecountrystore.com - we will determine if we need the item returned. A replacement will be set.

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