Keeping Canadian feet warm
Smilovichi’s Felting Factory delivering felt boots to Canada
Smilovichi felt bootsBelarusians have long been able to enjoy felt goods, which are sold in all of the capital’s larger shops and in those across regional centres. However, Smilovichi Felting Factory exports 70 percent of its output. Orders for autumn-winter 2014/2015 began arriving in mid-August, with felt boots destined for Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. The enterprise has been focusing on increasing export volumes to the USA, particularly the West coast; in 2013, it concluded a major, long-term contract with a firm from California, with two batches of boots already sent. Deliveries to the East coast, in particular, to Florida, are now being studied.
The enterprise currently produces about 30 models of felt boots, and continues to create new designs, including those with lace and colour inserts. Smilovichi Felting Factory is situated in the Cherven District, in the Minsk Region, and is the only such in Belarus (part of Bellegprom Concern) and one of just a handful across the CIS. It also produces technical felt, blankets and pillows, as well as bathroom items.
By Vladimir Velikhov
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