These are the hands of makers. These hands connect us and our customers to the artisans who create our products, and to a tradition of craftsmanship.
Last month we introduced the workshop in Nepal that handcrafts our felt ornaments, garlands, and wreaths. Now see more of at their felt-making process, and the hands that make it possible. And you can visit our site to see our committment to artisans across the world.
1. When the felt arrives in Nepal, it’s first carded, or cleaned.
2. Next, artisans wet the wool and wrap it around patterns to create a desired form.
3. It’s then covered in nylon cloth and rubbed with soap and water to help the wool fibers stick together.
4. To make felt balls, flat stones are often used to roll the wool while wet pressing.
5. An artisan strings together felt balls to make a garland.
6. Other ornaments, like this hedgehog, are crocheted with wool yarn.
7. Here, an artisan crochets the pattern into one of our Mitten Ornaments by hand.
Through 2015, west elm has committed to paying $35 million directly to artisans and hand-crafters in 15 countries around the world. We’re directly impacting the lives of 4,500 artisan workers and 18,000 family members.