felted slippers

Design and Manufacturing:
Hedwig Puintner (Laas/I), 2003

Material: felt, leather, natural colours

Joseph Brodsky: In a room and a half,
New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1986 (in: Less than one)

Hedwig Puintner, I-Laas
The room and a half (if such a space unit makes any sense in
English) in which the three of us lived had a parquet floor,and my mother strongly objected to the men in her family, me in particular, walking around with our socks on. She insistedon us wearing shoes or slippers at all times. Admonishing me about this matter, she would evoke an old Russian superstition;
it is an ill omen, she would say, it may bode a deat in the family. Of course, it might be that she simply regarded this habit as uncivilized, as plain bad manners. Men's feet smell, and that was the pre-deodorant era. Yet I thought that, indeed, one could easily slip and fall on a polished parquet, especially if one wore woolen socks. And that if one were old and frail, the consequences could be disastrous.

Joseph Brodsky: In a room and a half, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986 (in: Less than one)

Traditional manufacturing of felted slippers: Several layers of wool are pulled over a foot-model and smoothed with soap and handwarm water until the wool turns to felt. Finally, the colours are carefully being worked in and a leather sole is sewed to the upper part. The sole will The natural colours are made out of bark, oignon peels, leaves, camomile etc. Felted slippers prevent from sweating. They are washable.

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