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Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4

$36.00

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In Kenya, those who work in the informal sector—small farmers, mechanics, and artisans for example—are known as jua kali, a Swahili word that means “hot sun.” About 70 percent of the country’s workforce are jua kali, and until recently they had limited access to training, business loans, or connections to larger markets for their goods. The artisans who made these hand-carved napkin rings are part of that sector, and their partnership with National Geographic is the result of recent initiatives to support and grow independent businesses.


Men and women of the eastern Kenya’s Kamba tribe work in a studio in Nairobi’s Gikomba neighborhood, where the income they earn often goes toward their children’s tuition costs. Traditionally men carve and sand the pieces, and women paint and polish them. Many of the artisans work alongside cousins and siblings, and the atmosphere is one of a close-knit family.


Each set contains a zebra, giraffe, elephant, and leopard. Please allow for small variations in each handcrafted piece.


Approximately 1"W x 3 1/4"L x 2 1/4"H.


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Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4
 
4.6

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4.0

beautifully made

By Sal the social worker

from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Very solid and well made

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

      service fast. No problems with delivery.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Just as pictured

      By mourning dove

      from Irving, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Well made and very cute

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun with my grandchildren

        Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

        I bought these to entice my grandchildren to have fun learning to set a table, and learn some basic table manners. (It also won't hurt that they'll have some fun memories of visits with me.)

         
        5.0

        Excellent

        By ronaldbradford

        from New York, NY

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        Pros

        • Great products
        • Ordering More
        • Recommended to others

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Talking point
          • Very novel

          Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

          would like more types of animals

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          These are so cute

          By Bea the explorer

          from Charlottesville, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

          My grandkids will enjoy coming for the meals with their exotic animal friends. They are very well-made.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Olive Wood Napkin Rings ring true

          By Yogi lady

          from Oak Hill, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful design
          • Holds cloth napkins well
          • REAL WOOD

          Cons

          • No cons Am happy

          Best Uses

          • For napkins

          Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

          These napkin rings exceeded my expectations. They are lovely and look great sitting on the table when you've removed the napkin.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Spots and Stripes

          By Gopher

          from St. Paul, MN

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Different
          • fun

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Gift

          Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

          I bought these as a gift for a friend who loves exotic animal prints. I expect she'll really like them, and it's a good cause to support.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Betcha can't buy just one !!

          By peterlight

          from Gatineau, Qc, Canada

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • fun
          • Great for kids and adults
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • As napkin rings
            • for display

            Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

            Bought them for my girlfriend, but my 20-year-old daughter absolutely wants them! Original, well-made, attention-grabbers. Great for kids party, but you'll probably need more than one set.

             
            5.0

            Lovely Items

            By Robert G

            from Menomonee Falls, WI

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            Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

            An excellent rememberance of our recent safaria in Kenya and Tanzania!

             
            4.0

            The Best Gift. Will use it again.

            By J.F.

            from Larkspur, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bought 4 more
            • Good size
            • Substantial beautiful
            • Very well done

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Napkin rings

              Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

              See above

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Real attention getters.

              By Bill Travel

              from Gainesville, VA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique
              • Well crafted

              Cons

              • Only four different ones

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4:

                I ordered two sets in order to have enough for a dinner party of eight.

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