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Soapstone originates from the Kiisi Highlands in Western Kenya. Though heavy, being very soft, it is the easiest of the African stones the sculptors work with.
The artist makes a rough shape of his idea then works the details with a knife. Wet sand is then used to polish the piece. The stone is naturally cream in colour, however many carvers paint their work which gives each piece a vibrant look and offers a multitude of options for creativity.
The figures are usually faceless, creating a timeless look to the sculptures. In addition, some of the stone shows a fine grain which the sculptors use to create visually stunning works of art.
Finished pieces should be kept dry and out of direct sunlight.