The Making of “Isgii” Felt for The Ger (Felt
Mongolian felt tents (Ger) are covered with large pieces of felt.
These help insulate the Ger. Felt is usually made from the
wool of sheep.
Once enough wool has been sheared off the sheep,
it is sorted
into small tufts of wool and almost complete fleeces.
The wool (noos) is then “softened”
by beating a pile of wool with long thin metals sticks.
The whole herding group (negdel)
or extended family, work on making the felt.
An old piece of felt is used as a template.
The wool and fleeces are carefully placed over this to make
a thick mat,
which is then
soaked with water fetched from a nearby stream.
This is rolled up to make a very heavy and sodden roll.
Traditionally the roll is hitched to a horse, however
a tractor is
used if the fuel is available.
The roll is rolled up and down a flat “runway like” area of
metres or so) about a dozen times.
The action of the rolling heats and compresses the wool
so that all
the fibres knit together to make felt.
This is unrolled and left to dry in the open for a day or
The first roll of felt is blessed by offering milk and
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