FELT is the latest addition to my library of books. 168 pages writen on the origins of felt & felting and how has it developed through time in different parts of the world.
The first chapter explains what it is that makes it possible to make felt at all – unique characteristics of wool and animal fibre. There is also an explenation of the feltmaking process and its differencies across the world. As you can see from the copy of the content bellow chapters 2 to 5 cover felt&feltmaking in Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
In chapter 6 I learned that felt has appeared in the Western art world only in the 1960′ and 1970′, “an era of a burst of experimental and avant-garde art that broke down the barriers of who an artist was and what defined “art”” . Felt along with other fiber arts began to appear in galleries and museums, proving that it was a material suitable for more than hats and boots.
Nowdays, felt is everywhere, especially industrially made, in medicine, printing, machinery, vehicles and ships, music and sport industry.
The book has only few illustrations, but the text is interesting and easy to read. It is probably the most comprihensive book on the “one of the world’s oldest and most understated textiles”.