5 Keep Your Feet Warm, Russian Style

Keep Your Feet Warm, Russian Style

Posted on March 8, 2012 by


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.

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5 Responses to “Keep Your Feet Warm, Russian Style”

  1. Augis says:

    Warm they are. Beautiful they are not.
    I had a pair of such “valenki” in childhood.

  2. Chadna says:

    What grim factory working conditions. The only safety measures I see are gloves. No guards on any of the equipment, no eye protection.
    It’s like they are still working in the 50-60s.

    Cheers to those workers making life a little easier for the rest!

  3. IamI says:

    I’ve seen them only in old-soviet movies. Nice ;)

  4. Matlok says:

    Cool post!

  5. Osip says:

    Only is Russia. In the west, such a factory would not be allowed to operate, if due only to the many unguarded belts and pulleys. How many amputations occurred here?

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