Tibet, Shangdrok, Yak Down Fiber Felt Scarf 'The three animals'
Yak down ber felt scarf -- The three animals
<About the pattern>
There's a Tibetan proverb: "The three animals: horse, yak and sheep, are the ones that nomads rely on for living." Animals are always important in nomads' life, since there is hardly much vegetation and plants around that can provide what they need to survive on the plateau. The animals are more like family members. They usually have names, and when they die, the Tibetan would usually chant for them. That is why we came up with this abstract "three bars" pattern, to remind us of these "three" animals.
<About the making>
Making yak down ber into handmade felt is a very sophisticated and challenging task, since the ber is very short, much shorter than most sheep wool, and thus to lay these short ber thin and evenly enough throughout the whole surface, so the scarf would not turn out to be too thick while no hole created, demands a great deal of patience and concentration of our most experienced Tibetan artisans in the workshop.
Bring the scarf against the sun, you can clearly see the organic network formed by each individual ber felted and tangled together, which is very dierent from the neatly arranged structure of a weaving fabric. Looking at the constant changing patterns of a thin felt feels almost like looking at ever-changing clouds in the sky, everyone sees it dierently, reecting the images and thoughts of one's own heart.
<About the texture>
A scarf made of felt has a very dierent texture from a woven one. Although the yak down ber is extremely soft, the nature of felt makes the texture relatively sti and less drapy, which makes the felt scarf almost like a soft sculpture, providing an unique sense of drama to its wearer. Not only it feels and looks dierently, the denseness of felt makes it more windproof and warmer than ordinary woven scarves, but at the same time it also retains its good air permeability, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor activities in the cold winter even more.
210 X 24 cm (including tassels)
100% yak down ber
2 months (estimate it longer than normal due to the COVID-19 situation)
Please hand wash with cold water, do not tumble dry.