#647 Kenyan Gourd Nativity

Acquired 2013

The universal Christmas Story is told in African style, and features the African Holy Family made from banana fiber in a carved gourd. The carved star is the door covering of the front of the gourd and attached with a leather latch and buttons.A Christian businessman, Claytone Ombasyi, of Nairobi, Kenya, began this International Company, OTIC, putting villagers to work to ward off poverty. As other companies, Mr. Ombasyi then markets the villagers' creative items for sale through helpful organizations. This nativity is marketed through SERV, International. I found it in Kidron, Ohio, October 2013. Purchase price, $55.00.