FELT is a non-woven cloth. It is one of the oldest methods to make fabric.
Felted wool is eco-friendly, durable and heat resistant. The surface is a bit wrinkled, soft and comfortable, and gives a cozy feeling to its users.
Our products are made of 100% fine-medium Mongolian sheep wool (~20 microns). They are also handmade, therefore each product may have slight variation.
Gentle hand wash with lukewarm water is recommended. No machine wash.
Using liquid soap for wool is preferred. Do not use stain remover or bleach.
Remove excess water by squeezing gently by hand, and lay flat to dry. To speed up the drying and to flatten it, consider using the iron with the wool setting.
Brief Production Process:
(i) Purchase and Dyeing
It begins with the purchase of processed wool, i.e. sheared wool that is washed to remove any sheep hair, oil and dirt.
Some of the processed wool are sent to a local factory for colouring, while some are used without colouring.
Our non-coloured wool are labelled as "white", "natural light brown" and "natural dark brown".
The wool goes through a series of combing steps called carding.
Carding is a mechanical process that breaks up locks and unorganised clumps of fiber and aligns the individual fibers to run in the same direction. This is a required process, prior to felting.
Both hand carders and hand-cranked drum carders are used in this process.
We use the drum carders (photo) for this process. If you are interested, clink here for a video to show how such carders work.
(iii) Wet Felting
After approximately one to two hours of continuous hand “rubbing” of the wool, the wool is matted together. This produces a piece of approximately 170cm in length and 100cm in width.
Depending on the thickness of the fabric, the time required to felt will also differ.
The fibers are further tightened by rolling the matted sheet a few hundred times. (Note: the traditional nomadic way includes tying the sheet behind the horses and rolled around the fields for a few hours to a full day).
Warm water is then used to remove all soapy water, and the felted fabric is cooled and dried via our dying machine and naturally under the sun.
(iv) Cutting & Sewing
Once the felted fabric is ready, the next stage of the production begins – cutting and sewing (by hand for most of the products).
The finished products are quality-checked and packed for delivery.
To support the Mongolian economy, we aim to source most of our materials locally.