This Nativity was hand-carved from Kisii soapstone in western Kenya by members of the Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers.
This handmade nativity set is handcrafted out of banana fiber by artisans in Kenya. The banana fiber is first dried, then a light varnish applied. Then the dried and varnishes fibers are cut into thin strips which are used to create the figures.
Mary and Joseph comfort baby Jesus in this kisii stone nativity. An angel worships from the left while animals look on from the right. The magi appear in the distance, following the star which appears above Jesus. This beautifully carved relief is made out of ]Kisii soapstone. This stone which is found only in Kenya is a soft stone, easy to carve into many forms. Its satiny finish is achieved through multiple stages of sanding, followed by waxing.