Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I "felt" something.

From Association for Craft Producers in Nepal comes a trio of adorable cell phone holders handcrafted from wool felt.  Felt refers to non-woven fabric formed when wool fibers lock together under heat, moisture and pressure. This bonding of fibers is called felting. At ACP some 60 women produce felt – all by hand, using hot water, soap and the pressure of their hands to bond the fibers. Their connectedness to their craft comes from making the felt, quite literally, by hand.  ACP has been at the forefront of reviving this traditional skill in Nepal. Felt making likely began in Asia. Sumerian legend claims the secret behind felt-making was discovered as early as 2900 BC. 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. Whatever its origin, felt is an important folk tradition in Nepal, where people living in the mountainous regions made felt carpets, tents (yurts) and clothing.

A soft phone purse for a soft-hearted person with a red heart appliqué on olive green case.  I love the slanted strap that makes it easy to slide your phone in and out without unbuttoning.
The yellow bird is a harbinger of good cheer, so let's just hope that extends to phone calls.
Bright flower; soft wool felt; a cute and cozy phone case that I like to slip on my belt for the cutest possible hands-free carrying.

Each case is hand-made, measures 3" x 5", and sells for $12 at

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