Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Reuters correspondent took pictures of the production of felt boots at the Smilovichi felting factory, which is located in the town called Smilovichi not far from Minsk, Belarus. They have been felting boots here for the third century already.

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Back in 1928 there were almost only men to work there. They used to comb the hair on special machines powered by horses. Then the hair was pressed and felted in boilers heated on the fire. In summer felt boots were drying in the sun, in winter – on the home furnaces.

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

In 1930 the first building of the factory appeared. They didn’t need horses anymore to power the production. They started to use an oil engine instead. Later it was replaced by a steam portable engine and special machines. The output of the production rose several times: in 1920s they made 80-90 pairs of boots daily, in 1969 – more than 650 pairs.

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

They are perfect for severe winter cold!

Location:Smilovichi, Belarus

6 thoughts on “Felt Boots Made In Belarus”

    • That was my immediate reaction as well. An old man’s face with a lean muscular body of a younger man. Though, the cancer stick in his mouth (and a quart of vodka at night) will probably cancel out the positive benefits of his physical work style.

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