A top seller! Exceptional felting workmanship makes our Wild Woolies Rainbow Finch 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 Rainbow (or Gouldian) Finch, though extremely common in captivity, is thought to be very endangered in the wild. Specific to the Northern regions of Australia the Rainbow Finch is a beautifully colored bird that was exported globally for private breeding until 1959. The birds' geographic rarity along with their early exploitation has led to the disproportionate numbers in captivity vs the wild. The Rainbow Finch is currently the subject of a reintroduction and conservation project in northern Australia birds! Lovingly soft to the touch because they are made with fine natural wool.
3'' Hanging Loop
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.