They’ve been producing felt boots in Kalyazin, the Tver Region, for over 200 years. Cottage craft was replaced with industrial production when Krasny Oktyabr was formed. In 2004, the company merged with Bitsa Company. This is the way the company we are going to visit today appeared.
Felt boots are made of sheep’s wool brought from Mongolia, Caucasus and Central Asia.
First of all, sheep’s wool goes through treatment with oil.
Then it goes to a hackle.
They manually put wool into the hackle that combs and winds it round on special reels.
Here they make frames for their felt boots using steam.
This machine is so hot that you can heat up some food on it.
A local dog during a lunch break.
They add wool to their frames manually. After that, they steam it flat again.
Then, felt boots go to a batch rolling machine which rolls and presses the wool to make it solid.