Steatite is softer than most stones. Because steatite feels like soap, people call it "soapstone". People have been making things out of soapstone for thousands of years.
Soapstone has been a major component of ceramics used as electrical component insulators for many years. It is easily formed or carved into shapes.
During the Harappan/Indus civilization (2500 BC–1750 BC) soapstone was used in the manufacture of seals. These people used to import steatite from Shaher-i-sokhta and the Kirthar hills.