What is it?
This ancient textile has been manufactured for over 2,000 years and has long been used to make hats. Felt was discovered by ancient soldiers in China and Europe, who used to stuff their shoes with wool and fur to prevent blisters. After marching for a several weeks, they finally rested, removed their shoes and found that the wool/fur fibres had transformed into a perfect, foot-shaped insole. It was comfortable, waterproof, fire retardant and resilient. Welcome to felt, the world’s strongest man made fabric.
Felt for hats is made from several different types of animal wool and fur, which are often combined. It is still made in basically the same way as 2,000 years ago, but with machines instead of marching soldiers. The most prestigious and expensive felt is made from beaver fur. Hats made of 100% (aka 100X) beaver felt are light, strong, waterproof, retain their shape and have a smooth texture.