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About Uniquk


We help design, promote, and distribute unique collections of authentic handcrafted products from by gifted artisans worldwide. All our products are created using the locally available sustainable materials and are inspired by immediate surroundings. Our collections are perfect for any who appreciates unique cultural items. Experience the charm in our handcrafted products due to its uniqueness in design and craftsmanship.

Our Story:

We have always been awestruck by the undeniable beauty of handmade goods. Growing up in Africa, we had a very interesting experience. As kids, we had a lot of things to do that kept us busy. We created the toys and games that we played with. My first "real toy" was a car made out of wire and the inner tube of a bicycle. We made them by scavenging for old wires at dumping sites scattered around the village, this gave me the firsthand experience about the process of making handcrafted products. I came to appreciate the special meaning these products hold, the heart and soul poured into each new creation and the personal touches that no technology can replicate.

Our products are very sentimental because there is a direct connection between the artist, the product and the consumer. I know first-hand how the people in our villages put their heart and soul to make our products. They need more than fair price for their products, they deserve a reasonable return for their goods that sell more than tenfold when they arrive to the markets in the developed world. We work with artisan partners in African and Indonesia. Our long-term relationships with our gifted crafters and artisans have helped them have a reliable source of income for them and their families. 

Groups:

TABAKA YOUTHS CRAFT SELF HELP GROUP

Our Soapstone is carved by a group of the artists located at Tabaka village, Kisii county, Kenya. TABAKA YOUTHS CRAFT SELF HELP GROUP a group of artisans which started the year 2010 making beautiful soapstone products. The group was started by 15 members but to-date it has 50 members comprising of 27 women and 23 men, and each member of the group has at least 5 family members who directly depends on him or her. Additionally, they work with many non-members of the community when they have more work to do. The income earned from the sale of the soapstone products has enabled them to support themselves and their communities. They are now able to send their children to school, afford better healthcare as well as being able to afford the basic needs of life like food and clothing.

Soapstone (Kisii stone), which is a metamorphic rock is mined from underground is found in 3 colors, white color, pink color, and black color. After mining, the stone is cut into manageable size by using hand saws, the stone is then shaped by using pangas (machete), then hammer and chisel to remove the unwanted surfaces, then knife is used to remove the rough surfaces. After carving, sandpaper is used to smoothen rough surfaces to give it a smooth touch.

After sanding, it is painted to give a desired color and finally it is etched to give it an attractive look before it is packaged for shipping.

All of the soapstone products we sell are completely done by hand. Mining, cutting. The tools consist of household items from screwdrivers, hand drills, to switchblades. "Pangas," sword-like tools usually used for cutting down vegetation, are used to cleave the stone in the mines. Carving and etching are mostly done by men, and soapstone sanding, painting, and packaging is mostly done by women. 

 

 

 

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