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Hand carved salad bowl in two tone wood. It is 15 inches/40 cm in diameter, can be used as an ornament, fruit bowl, to serve salad or to put potpourri etc. Great for serving salad to a large crowd. Made in solid Mukwa/ kiaat wood. Mukwa wood does not swell or shrink much, and can be washed, because of this Mukwa wood is often used to make canoes. This is not a mass produced product, but lovingly made by our artists. No two would ever be exactly the same making the item more valuable and a collectors item.
Afrikaans: Kiaat, Sotho: Morôtô, Tswana: Mokwa, Venda: Mutondo, Shona: Mukwa, Shona: Mubvamaropa, Zulu: Umvangazi) is a species of Pterocarpus native to southern Africa
It is resistant to borer and termite, is durable and has a pleasing spicy fragrance. The wood polishes well and is well known in tropical Africa as Mukwa when used to make good quality furniture that has an attractive light brownish-yellow colour. It can also be used for curios, and implements. Since the wood does not swell or shrink much it is great for canoe building. Furniture and curios are often made from the reddish sapwood. In Zimbabwe, the mbira is traditionally made from mukwa. It is valued for several medicinal uses. It has been recorded to treat ringworm, eye problems, blackwater fever, stabbing pains, malaria, and to increase the supply of breast milk. The resemblance of the sap to blood has led to the belief in supposed magical healing powers concerning the blood. Because of all these reasons and that it is also fire resistant. Mukwa trees is sometimes planted around the chief's enclosure to make a living fence.