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.