Looking for facts on felt origins, I found many interesting informations about living in Mongolia and its traditional felting techniques, that are still used nowadays. I was trully fascinated by one of the Mongolian legends and a yurts traditional felting process that has not change for centuries.
The legend I stumbled upon says about Mongols using skins of sheep along with the hair as their saddles. During the ride – due to the rubbing of wet and hot horse body – woolen covers were felted in one piece of felt. I explored the subject and there are in fact felted saddles originating from different cultures and preserved to our days. That is kind of strange to me, as I can not image someone sitting on one of my felted scarves, but the thought about ancient cultures creating useful and complicated felt items seems to be pretty amazing.
But what made me even more stunned are Mongolian yurts made in a traditional felting process. It seems that the first feltmakers were Mongols, who often calls themselves the Felt Nation. They produce felt in a traditional way to the present day, using it for their yurts, clothes and accessories. I recommend you to see how they make they yurt walls out of raw sheep wool.