LanaDura

Navajo-Churro heritage wool felt products

Taos, New Mexico 26 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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LanaDura

Navajo-Churro heritage wool felt products

Taos, New Mexico | 26 Sales

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Minna White

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Announcement    Lana Dura--- always new & wonderful wool natural colors --- we are making fabulous new wool felt rugs and pet beds to complement our art felts, wall-hangings as well as our tote bags and nifty wine/champagne bag (a/k/a 'gift wrapping' for wine)
As always, everything is heritage Navajo-Churro wool, hand-washable, chemical-free and sustainable as we continue our mission of GIVING SHEEP A JOB. Help us out here...!

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Last updated on Feb 23, 2017

Lana Dura--- always new & wonderful wool natural colors --- we are making fabulous new wool felt rugs and pet beds to complement our art felts, wall-hangings as well as our tote bags and nifty wine/champagne bag (a/k/a 'gift wrapping' for wine)
As always, everything is heritage Navajo-Churro wool, hand-washable, chemical-free and sustainable as we continue our mission of GIVING SHEEP A JOB. Help us out here...!

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About LanaDura

Sales 26
On Etsy since 2014

Lana Dura & Navajo-Churro sheep

Having raised purebred & registered Navajo-Sheep for more than twenty-five years, I have tried many ways to use their wonderful wool. With good food and water, Navajo-Churro fleece can grow more than 3/4" each month and that's a lot of wool.
Because their wool grows quickly, we shear twice a year and have sold everything from raw wool to large woven rugs (sold in the Sundance Catalog!). We made and commissioned yarn, socks, sweaters... but my personal favorite is making felt: "painting" with the natural colors. The finished pieces are soft yet sturdy. They hang on the wall, flop on the floor, decorate the back of a sofa ... unlimited imagination. These felts are easily cut and sewn into slippers, bags, placemats...

Navajo-Churro sheep are fun to raise: they are smart and real survivors. Ancestors came with the Spanish Conquistadores in the 1500s, walking along with the explorers throughout the US Southwest. Quickly adopted by the existing monasteries and pueblos, the Spanish Churra sheep provided a previously unknown fiber--- wool--- as well as meat and pelts.

Our process: The wool is sheared off the sheep and any debris is 'skirted' out. I group fiber by color--- white, black, browns, grays, patterns--- the genetic diversity is terrific--- then wash and 'card' (think: combing) and then, finally, I can make felt with it!

From birthing the lambs to the finished product, at Lana Dura we know every step along the way. We are SLOW FASHION for certain... carefully, slowing, naturally, sustainably.

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  • Minna White

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Minna loves wool of Navajo-Churro sheep. She previously produced PBS documentaries (NOVA series), IMAX and the U.S.Peace Corps in Vanuatu (South Pacific). Unconventional and enthusiastic, Minna loves the Southwest, Vermont and all things Churro!

  • Patrick

    Assistant

    Patrick is our wool carder. Using fine-tooth rollers he aligns the wool fibers so the fibers are parallel and, going 'round and 'round and 'round he layers the fibers into batts. Minna uses these batts in more layers to make the felt panels.

  • Gus & Katie

    Assistant

    Gus (Standard Schnauzer/poodle) and Katie (Australian Shepherd/Border Collie/?) are our mascots and alert us to rabbits, visitors and of course dinner time!

  • Fresca

    Assistant

    Originally from Canada, Fresca is an important member of the team, allowing art-y designs on a flat felting table. Demanding yet solid, Fresca contributes stability to every project

Shop policies

Last updated on November 24, 2014
Lana Dura felt began as a vision in the hearts of two shepherds who had raised rare Navajo-Churro sheep for more than fifty years combined. Their goal became to give sheep a job--- allowing the sheep to live long, productive lives and contribute to the sustainability of the farm. The sheep are ‘paid’ to produce a product annually (or even biannually in the Northwest and Southwest) by contributing their wool fleece by being sheared.

At Lana Dura, our goal is to give sheep a job. In order to guarantee a future for small farm agriculture, every farm animal needs to contribute to the bottom line. This is especially true of the endangered breeds that retain limited genetic variation. These old-style breeds often grow slower than more ‘improved’ breeds, however, they retain survival instincts that have often been bred out of modern breeds. By encouraging the production of the heritage sheep wool, we hope to enhance partnerships with other shepherds who raise these breeds; by working together we may ensure that these more unique genetics continue.

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