Soapstone Carvers

Saturday January 14, 2012

 

As part of a city tour of Mutare which included the National Art Gallery and lunch at Nondos,
our Wofford Interim group was taken to the soapstone market.

 

Just inside Zimbabwe's border with Mozambique,
soapstone carvers sell their work.

 

 

 

Soapstone is plentiful in Zimbabwe. A soft stone, it can be easily carved and polished, but it is fragile.

 

 

 

The most common form of soapstone carving in Zimbabwe: embracing couples.

 

 

 

Dr. Moller and Susan (of the AU Public Affairs Office) watch as Emily purchases a soapstone nativity set.

 

 

This carver is cleaning the elephant sculture that Dr. Moeller bought.

 

 

 

 

 

Broken families

 

 

 

Fractured relationships

 

 

 

Lunch for a soapstone merchant.