The land where five kinds of animals wander in the plains,
And the land saturated with the soul generations of Mongols;
This, this is my native land,
The lovely country – My Mongolia.
- D. Natsagdorj
Mongolia is truly a land that has kept a deep connection with Nature, and one of Nature’s gift is felt made of sheep wool that is the cornerstone of Mongolian culture and history.
From 11th November 2016 onwards, JOYCE Cabinet is proud to present artisanal wearable art from the Felt Nation, showcasing the beauty of felt held important the people of Mongolia. Housed at the chamber of JOYCE in New World Tower, Sin Sin Man brings to us Hands on Mongolia cashmere felt collection, born from her exploration of the vast steppes of Mongke Tengri.
Hands on Mongolia is now available alongside an assortment of artisanal pieces created from the vision and nomadic travels of Sin Sin Man across Mongolia, Japan and Cambodia.
About Mongolian Felt
Indeed, in Mongolian tradition, the most important animals are the five hoofed animals of Cow, Sheep, Camel, Goat and Horse. From these a Mongolian herder can obtain most of the resources they need to survive - clothing, housing, food and tools. Of all of the animals, the sheep is the most versatile and produces the dairy, meat and wool that are the cornerstone of survival in the harsh climate.
Mongolia often calls itself the ‘Felt Nation’ and this fitting tribute touches the significance this material has held to the people. Its versatility, warmth and strength means it can be found from boots, hats, gloves, clothes, rugs to traditional insulation during the harsh winter in typical tent or yurt.
Hands on Mongolia: Making of Mongolian Cashmere Felt
There are several ancestral techniques for making felt in Mongolia, depending on the geographical origin within the country, but the basic principle remains the same. Hands on Mongolia is made in Mongke Tengri.
After the hair has been sheared from the animal’s neck, it is spun into a sheet to mesh the cashmere together. The sheets are layered over a long period of binding and drying process with water and soap. The video shows images of the later process.
The pieces of felt created for this collection are made according to the paper pattern designed in order not to allow cutting of the felt during the assembly of the final works. The pieces are joined together by hand-stitch using the sheep’s wool. Traditionally, tools used during the creation process also come from the sheep, thus the binding tools and needles are made from various parts of the sheep’s bones.
Felt is a simple process but requires experience, artisanal skills and hard work to complete.
ABOUT SIN SIN MAN
Sin Sin Man is the force behind “Sin Sin Atelier • Fine Art • Villa” – three distinctive brands that she developed over the years: a studio and gallery in Hong Kong as well as resort villas in Bali.
A hands-on artist and adventurer Sin Sin Man has traveled to many parts of Asia, including Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia, where she studies and works alongside traditional crafts-men. Her experiences she incorporates in her own design by using traditional textile, paintings and craft techniques within a contemporary context.
Sin Sin set up her own atelier in 1998 because she fell in love with a four- storey building from the 1930’s in On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Apart from showcasing her own designs which includes ladies wear, silver jewelry and bags, Sin Sin Atelier has also become a platform for creative minds from all over the world. The Atelier is an art and design environment where Sin Sin develops and communicates her belief that art should be present in every aspect of our lives, from things we wear to spaces we inhabit.