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March 6, 2009 – September 7, 2009
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY
Location: 1st Floor
This exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt -- an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition showcases both historic examples and innovations in handmade felts, along with contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of such fields as product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.