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.
Steatite 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) Steatite was mainly used in the manufacture of seals. These people used to import Steatite from Shaher-i-sokhta and Kirthar hills.