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A top seller! Exceptional felting workmanship makes our Wild Woolies Blue Jay Felt Ornament very special. Educational, decorative, and entertaining for birding enthusiasts of all ages. Made with fine merino wool and soft to the touch.
Common all across the Eastern United States and Canada, the Blue Jay doesn't take any flack. Known to be quite loud and aggressive, they often serve as an early warning signal to other animals of encroaching predators. This combative nature has earned a place in the heart of many Canadians who have made it the official mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays. Their bright blue plumage is easily distinguished which makes this backyard bird a popular sight.
Meet the Artisans
Walking into the Kathmandu production center’s reception you are immediately greeted by a cheerful ‘Namaste’ (‘I Salute the God Within You’) with hands pressed together in a prayerful expression. Proceeding into any of the production halls you’ll be greeted by a complete chorus of the same as dozens of ladies press felt into a variety of shapes, while others stitch, needle, and applique to finish hundreds of different styles of decorative items for export.
Sheep’s wool is an amazingly adaptable fiber. It can be dyed any color and when hand felted using warm mildly soapy water it can be molded into any shape, or then cut and sewn together as per your imagination. Because the felting and most of the stitching process are all done by hand with natural materials that can be sustainably harvested, hand felted products have a relatively soft impact on the environment. Commercial exports of felted products from Nepal have grown exponentially since around 2000, benefitting thousands of mostly women workers, production managers, and family businesses who help support their families and educate their children with their earnings.