The soapstone is a metamorphic rock that consists of the mineral talc. Also commonly referred to as steatite, it is known for being soft and easy to work with. It has become preferred by local artisans because of its softness and ease of carving. The colors ranges from a light cream to black as well as yellows, red, lavender, and grey. The color is dependent on the minerals present in the soapstone.
The soapstone is used to create both functional items and works of art. It’s used to carve:
- Trays and plates
- Bowls and pots
- Decorative sculptures