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Felt is the oldest man-made fabric. The origins of felt date back to Neolithic times. Felt is made from the wool of sheep and other animals. Each strand of wool is comprised of over-lapping scales (like human hair). When strands of wool are subjected to heat, moisture and agitation these scales open and become entangled with the open scales on other wool strands. When many wool strands together are subjected to these conditions they form a dense wool fabric. Some of the desirable qualities of felt fabric are its warmth, water repelling properties, and the way it doesn’t fray or require seam finishes. When used for artistic purposes felt can be formed into vessels and shapes, combined with other fabrics and embellished and embedded with other fibers.