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A top seller! Exceptional felting workmanship makes our Wild Woolies Cedar Waxwing Felt Ornament very special. Educational, decorative, and entertaining for birding enthusiasts of all ages. Made with fine merino wool and soft to the touch.
The Cedar Waxwing is a dazzling find and sports a bandit-like black mask and a unique silky smooth look, from which it derives its name Waxwing. A native American continent bird, the Waxwing is common in Southern Canada and Northern America in the summer months and Southern North America into Middle America during the colder winter months. A social bird, they often travel in large flocks during the summer when they can be found eating berries and fruits. A common site on farms and near streams, the Waxwing is a darling of bird lovers.
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 is 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.