PROCESSES & EXPERIMENTS

FELT IS THE FIRST TEXTILE IN HISTORY. BEFORE THE LOOMS EXISTED, THE NOMADIC TRIBUS IN MONGOLIA FELTED THEIR SHEEP FLEECE TO MAKE THEIR TENTS OR “YURTS”. AND THEY STILL DO.

ACTUALLY IT WAS WHILE TRAVELLING IN MONGOLIA AND STAYING IN A YURT WHEN I FELT IN LOVE WITH FELT! THE STRENGTH AND LIGHTNESS OF THE MATERIAL AND THE WAY THEY MAKE IT IMPRESSED ME DEEPLY. SINCE THE FIBER NEEDS FRICTION AND WATER TO FELT, AND THE LENGTH OF THE PIECE NEEDS TO BE HUGE, THEY LAY OUT THE FLEECE FIBERS, WET THEM, ROLL THEM IN A HUGE ROLL, AND THEY TIE THE ROLL TO THEIR HORSES, SO THEY RUN AWAY INTO THEIR STEPPE LANDSCAPES TILL THE WOOL IS FELTED

yurt felt

 BEAUTIFUL AND CLEVER!

I show here a very basic example of NAÏVE’s felting process. This is the felting of a flat bag, “CARIBE”:

Merino wool roving (combed fibers)

Merino wool roving (combed fibers)

Hand dyeing wool roving

Hand dyeing wool roving

Hand dyed wool roving & silk fibers

Hand dyed wool roving & silk fibers

Laying out wool & silk fibers

Laying out wool & silk fibers

 

 

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Working the fibers with water, soap and my hands. Rubbing gently first and harder later till I make the "fabric". Fibers get fused after some time

Working the fibers with water, soap and my hands. Rubbing gently first and harder later till I make the “fabric”. Fibers get fused after some time

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The last part of the process is called “fulling”. The material has to be rubbed and shaped by hand untill it shrinks, the shape is right and the felting process is completed

 

 

...et voilá!

Then I rinse the soap, shape the piece and leave it dry on the shade…et voilá!

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