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This listing is for the handcrafted nuno felted silk scarf that you see pictured here. Wisps of intense red and deep gold merino wool adorn this beautifully textured, fabulously fringed, silk scarf - it measures 5.5" wide by 56" long (not including the fringe.)

For those not familiar with "nuno" - it's a felting technique where wool and fabric (in this case, silk) are "married" using a wet felting process. Tufts of wool are meticulously placed on a piece of sheer silk fabric, then dampened with soapy water. The project is then rolled between layers of textured plastic (like bubble wrap) and then inverted and UN-rolled, so that the reverse side can be adorned as well. Next, it all gets rolled up again and tied. Then the "bubble tube" gets massaged and kneaded for several minutes to start the felting process. The tube gets rolled, unrolled, and further massaged several times as the placement of the fibers and the degree of felting are assessed. The felter's hands and wrists get tired pretty quickly, so they start rollng with their forearms... and maybe eventually their feet! (Don't worry - the scarf is still rolled up in that protective bubble wrap tubey, so we promise, it won't smell like stinky feet.) Meanwhile... soap suds ooze pretty much everywhere. Once the fibers have sufficiently attached to the wool, the scarf has to be "fulled" - a process where hot water and targeted massaging and kneading and slamming the wool around causes the fibers to shrink and the silk to pucker - creating that beautiful nuno look that we all love. (Extra care has to be taken during this stage to make sure the scarf doesn't shrink too much. If the water is too hot or if there's too much agitation, everything goes miniature. There's not much demand for infant-sized nuno scarves, and so we aim for regular adult-size ones whenever possible.) But wait - there's more. When the scarf is completely fulled, it gets a nice cool acidic bath (in vinegar and water) to neutralize the wool and to stop the fulling process. FINALLY, it gets rinsed in clear water and then reshaped and laid out flat to air-dry for several hours. Phew! (Was that TMI??)

In a nutshell, nuno felting is a very time consuming and messy process which, luckily, yields amazing results! Each scarf takes several hours to complete (not including drying time), and no two scarves will ever be identical. They each have their own elegance and flair - we hope you have found one that suits you perfectly!

To care for your beautiful new scarf - Hand wash in cold water using mild soap. Blot excess water with a towel, and then reshape and lay flat to dry.

Please review our shop policies before purchasing, and be sure and check out all the other fun and fuzzy items we have available at http://www.purplemoosefelting.etsy.com.

Nuno Felted Scarf - Red and Gold - nuno felted merino silk scarf

$42.00 USD
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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wool, wool roving, fiber arts, fiber, silk, habotai silk, nuno felt, silk scarf, red merino wool, gold merino wool, yellow wool, merino wool roving, nuno felted scarf
  • Only ships to United States from Maine, United States.
  • Feedback: 5156 reviews
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