The interior is smooth soapstone which contrasts beautifully with the rough textured surface exterior. The star can be used as ‘vide poche’ or ’empty pocket’ as we say in French.
Put your loose changes, jewelry, tissue, cotton wool there, or you can add candles, cacti or whatever you wish.
Coming in 3 sizes and a variety of shades.
Care Instructions: soapstone is a porous stone. Your item could be stained by greasy or colorful things such as tomato sauce etc
Large size (approx.): diam 11.02” Diam x 3.14” H / diam 28 cm x 8 cm
Weight: 2.53 Pounds / 1.15 kg
Medium (approx.): diam 7.848/7.87” Diam x 2.36” H / diam 19/20 cm x 6 cm
Weight: 1.32 Pounds / 0.60 kg
Small (approx.): diam 6.29” Diam x 1.96” H / diam 16 cm x 5 cm
Weight: 0.77 Pounds / 0.35 kg
- Please, note handmade products will have slight variations, this is a natural occurrence in handcrafted goods.
Kenyan soapstone is only found in the rural village of Tabaka in Western Kenya, close to the city of Kissi.
It is a soft rock, about half chalk and marble and its colors may vary from cream, pink, yellow or dark grey. Kissy stone is easy to work, porous and it absorbs colors and dyes.
After carving, the stone is polished in water to have a silky aspect.
In the 1930s, Kenyans started to carve this stone into pots for carrying fat or to exchange for sisal.