Felt is a type of cloth or textile. It is a complex network of threads or yarns. They are pressed together usually when wet. This is matting wool fibers, with water and soap. It may also be made by poking the fibers with barbed needles. Felt can be made by hand, or by machine.
People have been making felt longer than any other kind of fabric. Felt can be of any color, and made into any shape or size. Felt is used to make many things like clothing, hats, and rugs. Nomadic people in many countries live in tents made of felt.
Felt versus fabric change
Most fabrics are woven for strength and smoothness: they need carding to straighten the fibers, spinning to turn fibers into long threads and weaving to make fabric.
Felt only needs a carding comb. Because of this, felt was often used by nomadic people.
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