This set of three entertaining staples make a great gift! The set includes a bold paisley charger, trivet and set of 4 "macaroon" coasters. Each coaster looks like a fluffy macaroon, whimsical yet practical. The charge and trivet add design, texture and color while protecting tabletop surfaces! These are beautiful in the kitchen or on teh tabletop. Crafted from fine New Zealand wool and azo-free dyes using age-old hand-felt techniques. Handmade in Nepal by a Fair Trade women's cooperative. Makes a wonderful unique and ethical gift!
The Art of Felting:
The first step to creating these beautiful felt pieces begins with gathering some of the world’s finest sheep’s wool from New Zealand. Making felted wool is an ages-old, time-consuming process of bonding fabric with fiber. This is a physical job where the artisan’s scrub, rub, roll and rinse the wool again and again with soapy water.
Once the wool is bound into a sheet and the desired thickness is complete, the felt is laid out to dry. From there, the felt wool is cut and re-worked into many complex shapes and designs. The many sheets of wool might merge several colors to create patterns and layers. This takes a well-trained, talented artisan and is a true labor of love. The end results are colorful, one-of-a-kind textiles that are stunning to behold.