Soapstone is a talc-schist, a type of metamorphic rock that is largely composed of talc is rich in magnesium. Because of the high talc content, soapstone is relatively soft making it ideal for carving. The name "Soapstone" comes from the soapy feel of the stone once carved, polished, and waxed.
This soapstone carving is mined from a batch out of the Kisii District in Western Kenya. A number of the Abagusii people (the inhabitants of the Kisii region) have developed a skill in selecting raw stones with naturally distinct White and Rose tones.
These whale-shaped napkin holders have such an individuality to them, each one with it's own personality. The color ranges from soft ivory to a light rose pink, making them versatile additions to any decor!
The carvings that are created using Soapstone are full of meaning and imagery. Soapstone is believed to create positive energy around itself and in the area it inhabits. It is thought to help you give up thought patterns that are harmful, and help you to flow with life.
You are purchasing the exact piece in the photographs, an artisanal hand-carved piece from Kenya.
Due to the nature of natural products, color, size, and style may vary slightly from the photos listed.