Handmade of high-grade wool fabric (100% boiled wool). Decoration is needle-felted.
Wool that has been boiled is thought to be warmer, more durable, and windproof.
Because wool is natural and renewable fiber, it is good for the Earth and it also offers substantially more protection from UV exposure than traditional summer fabrics, like cotton.
Step one for boiled wool: Fill a pot with three cups of water. Step two: Bring to a boil. Step three: Toss in wool coat. Step four: Ruin your coat. If boiled wool were easy, we all would have spent this past week in our kitchens converting our beloved jackets and coats into boiled wool masterpieces.
The process is actually not too far off from the recipe up there. Boiled wool/felt yardage is created commercially by first weaving or knitting wool fibers resulting in a fabric of uniform thickness. Then “boiled” and agitated in hot water and suds which shrinks the fabric without the use of chemicals, giving it the softer and tighter feel that makes for a warmer, more durable end product.
Boiled wool dates back to the Middle Ages, and quite possibly even before that, as craftsmen would boil massive cauldrons of water and toss their wool to take the edge off the raw material. Nowadays, this technique is performed using massive washing machines in equally large factories.