THE WONDER AND SKILL OF FELTING.
Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woolen fibers. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form into constructive and creative products. Felt can be of any colour and made into any shape or size.
Felt may be the oldest fabric know to man and there are many references to felt in ancient writings. Since felt is not woven and does not require a loom for its production, ancient man made it rather easily. Many cultures have legends as to the origins of felt making. Sumerian legend claims that the secret of felt making was discovered by Urnamman of Lagash. The story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher relates that while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.
Felt making is still popular in Asia where rugs, tents and clothing are regularly made. Some of these are traditional items, such as the classic yurts, while others are designed for the tourist market, such as decorated slippers. In the Western world, felt is widely used as a medium for expression in textile art as well as design, where it has significance as an ecological textile.
HECTOR & QUEEN PROMOTING FAIR TRADE
At Hector & Queen we are passionate about designing and creating products which are not only natural and environmental friendly at source but are created in the same manner. Our working partnership with skilled Artisans in Nepal to develop and create our wonderful felt slippers ensures:
- The promotion of fair trade products of Nepal.
- The development and promotion women’s skills thereby ensuring their independence.
- Improving living standards among rural and urban low-income families.
- The promotion of International awareness of Nepali traditions and skills.
And MOST importantly for Hector & Queen eradicate child labour.