I have to say, this is such a beautiful set - especially with the holder! Colorful ceramics made from soapstone locally sourced by artisans in Kisii. Hand carved, etched, and dyed in complementary patterns and colors. Dye tones vary slightly. Set of 6 coasters in three patterns comes with matching holder for tidy storage. Matching Colorful Soapstone Trivets - set of 3 sold separately. coaster: 4"dia, holder: 2 1/4"h x 5 1/4"dia
Fair Trade Artisans: Kenya: Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers. Kisii, a city in western Kenya, is surrounded by soapstone quarries and is well-known both for the quality of its soapstone and the skill of its carvers. Nyamarambe, a rural village near Kisii, is the home of the 150-member Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Cooperative. This civic-minded group provides work for its members while also giving back to its community. A source of great pride for the cooperative is the Nyabigena Mixed Day Academy, an elementary school which has been serving disadvantaged children since 2007. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of soapstone crafts goes directly to supporting the school.