These artistic paisley placemat or chargers are multi-functional, unique, and colorful! They work beautifully as placemats, a centerpiece on dining table or statement piece on an entry hall table, and functional trivet. These are true works of art! 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.