Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Over the last several weeks in Mongolia, I've seen sheep. Many sheep. They graze the seemingly endless green grasses of the steppes in vast numbers.
I've also seen wonderful wool products, from jackets and hats, to rugs and bags. Until yesterday, I hadn't found the connection between the two.
In the early afternoon beat, we trekked to the industrial outskirts of Ulaan Bataar, where blocks were filled with mountains of scrap metal. Down a dirt lane, through a gate, past a large dog, sits the cozy felting studio of Maira Danyei. There she has bags of raw wool which she hand dyes and turns into a beautiful array of goods. My favorite are the nuno felted scarves.
She has been felting for much of her life, but opened her own business two years ago. Best wishes Maira!