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Felt is a textile that is
produced by matting,
condensing and pressing
fibres together. Felt can
be made of natural
fibres such as wool or
synthetic fibres such as
acrylic. There are many
different types of felts
for industrial, technical,
designer and craft
applications. While some
types of felt are very
soft, some are tough
enough to form
construction materials.
Felt can vary in terms
of fibre content, colour,
size, thickness, density
and more factors
depending on the use of
the felt.
Many cultures have
legends as to the
origins of feltmaking.
Sumerian legend claims
that the secret of
feltmaking was
discovered by
Urnamman of Lagash.
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.
Feltmaking is still
practised by nomadic
peoples (Altaic
people) in Central Asia,
where rugs, tents and
clothing are regularly
made. Some of these
are traditional items,
such as the classic yurt
(Gers), while others are
designed for the tourist
market, such as
decorated slippers. In
the Western world, felt
is widely used as a
medium for expression
in textile art as well as
design, where it has
significance as an
ecological textile.

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