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Mahogany Wood Animal Napkin Rings - Set of 6
Add a unique look to your dinner table with this set of six handmade safari animal napkin rings. This set of six napkin rings is carved from African Mahogany, using simple tools and traditional techniques handed down through the generations of Kenyan artisans.
Each set includes one of each of the following safari animals: lion, cheetah, elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, and zebra for a mix-and-match place setting.
- Set of six napkin ring
- Carved from African Mahogany; no two are identical.
- Some pieces are hand-painted
- Hand wash with a damp cloth only. Dry completely.
- Periodically treat with a food grade mineral oil or olive oil to keep the wood lustrous.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Working with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya, Jedando Modern Handicrafts markets African handicrafts primarily made of wood and bone worldwide. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with the children learning the craft from their parents. Carved by hand using only rudimentary hand tools, olive wood bowls, salad serving sets, and animal-shaped napkin rings take shape from pieces of olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or "African Ebony." An integral part of the organization's function is to educate the craftspeople on the need for reforestation to enable the products to be available for years to come and offer a sustainable income for generations. While wood carving provides the major income for many in the Machakos area, other craftspeople earn a living by further enhancing the products including painting the napkin rings and carving discarded animal bone for the handles of salad serving sets. Often the bone is "batiked" by placing wax on the white bone and dipping the bone a dark brown/black dye, resulting in patterns African mud cloth designs."