Merino industry works with working women’s co-op’s throughout the world to design and produce unique and beautiful handcrafted works of art using only natural fibers and sustainable materials. Each piece of art, whether wearable, functional or aesthetic is made with love and care using centuries old craftwomanship that has been passed down from generation to generation and reflects the local style, customs and traditions of the indigenous artisans.
Merino industry is guided by the principals of fair trade in everything that we do. We work closely with the artisans to ensure each person is paid at fair wage, works a clean, safe and comfortable environment, has direct influence if not complete control over the design and production process, and is offered additional benefits relevant to their need.
Quite amazingly, felt is fabric which is unwoven. Felt gets its property due to entanglement of fibers with each other. Felt is formed by applying heat, moisture, and pressure on wool or fur. First, heat and moisture is applied on the fibers. Then, outer scales come out. In the soap or an alkaline environment, these fibers slide freely with each other resulting in a fine entanglement of these fibers. Also, there is a bonding among these fibers, as there is protein content in them. This results in a stronger entanglement. Lastly, pressure is applied so that it transforms into a fine fabric in form of felt.