Kamba artisans in Kenya hand carve this appealing sugar spoon from wild olive wood, a slow-growing tree with beautifully grained wood. The handle is adorned with bleached cow bone, hand carved to resemble the antlers of savanna antelopes like the topi, gazelle and waterbuck.
To care for this all natural serving utensil, hand wash the spoon in warm water, dry and rub lightly with oil.
Materials: wild olive wood, cow bone.
At Swahili Modern, we believe that adaptation helps traditional African craft forms thrive. Artisans can earn a living from the comfort of home by doing creative work, so they have options beyond seeking work in cities. Through export, skills inherited through generations—sometimes with deep-rooted cultural significance—continue to bring meaning, stability, and a sense of pride to entire communities.