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ARTISAN: Moses Kirimi
Discover the art of wood carvings with Melissa Hand, buyer for Ten Thousand Villages
In the heat of the Kenyan landscape, we find an oasis of lush and abundant plant-life. It is the garden of Esther and Moses Kirimi who run the Kichaka Poa workshop of Nairobi. They grow enough vegetables to feed themselves, their artisans, and their children. And since the couple works primarily in the medium of wood, they plant trees to give back to the earth that has given to them.
Carved using only simple chiseling tools, Moses’ skillful hands transform jacaranda and eucalyptus wood into an intricate dream-like scene. Wooden shapes dance along the wall and within the spirals, twists, and curves; we see two figures embracing in dance.
Moses and Esther have built an unbreakable bond between one another. Their love is evident in the subject of this piece, and it reminds us that hope is everywhere. The celebration can last a lifetime, preserved forever in beautiful hand-carved wood.
UPC Code: 732919475999
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OTICART International LimitedOTIC, a privately held export and marketing company, seeks to help local artisans connect with export markets. OTIC provides export, packaging and quality control support for a number of small workshops in and around Nairobi. Read more.
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