Located about 24km from Kisii town, Tabaka village is the most important producer of soapstone and a significant center for carvings in Kenya. Soapstone carving has been the main pillar of Tabaka’s economy for generations. Soapstone mining and carving at Tabaka have been going on since 1885. Most of the soapstone is sold as finished products in the form of carvings locally and abroad.
The soft pliable stone is fashioned into all sorts of items for practical use such as bowls, plates, and gift artifacts. The stone comes in a variety of colors from orange (the softest) to deep red (the heaviest)