Made by a thriving co-operative of self-employed women in
the Kyrgyz Republic. Your purchase supports women, shepherding families in
Central Asia and sustainable free range agricultural practices by providing
good income and a steady market for their wool products.
Unlike wool dryer balls found on the market today, our wool
dryer balls help provide a good source of income to women in one of the
remotest places on earth, the Kochkor Oblast of the Kyrgyz Republic. High in
the mountains at 6000 feet above sea level, Kyrgyz women--and some of their
husbands--have been felting wool as a traditional way of life for thousands of
years. Nomadic, they followed the grasses with their herds felting their homes,
called yurts, as well as their clothes and furnishings. Portability and warmth
Sheep provide wool for clothing, for carpets and even the
houses themselves. Yurtas even to this day are made for nomadic families with
thick walls of wool batting wrapped around latticed, foldable wood structures.
Yurtas are made to be easily broken down and reassembled to follow the grazing
of the herds. The wealth of families are traditionally seen in the number and
quality of shyrdaks (thick carpets and blankets) a family has.
Today Kyrgyz women are no longer nomadic but still live in
rural areas in villages and towns and are still skilled felting craftsmen. By
giving better than fair trade compensation, we help women in a distant place
provide for their families and villages.
Colors range from white to dark brown, depending on your
sheep's unique coloration. Wool is sheered, picked clean, washed, and dried in
the sun or near a heat source.
Nomad Women Dryer Balls are all-natural with no added dyes,
scents or preservatives leaving you the option to customize at home with your
own essential oils (it takes just a few drops to bring your favorite clean
scents alive in your household).
Clothes - especially cloth diapers - will feel significantly
softer and have less static as a result of the natural softening action and the
static reduction properties of wool dryer balls. Nomad Women Dryer Balls are
perfect for people who need to -- and choose to -- remain clean of added films,
chemicals and agents. Cloth diapers and cloth diaper soaker inserts in
particular need to be dried without commercial dryer sheets, as these will
leave a water-repellant film on them causing them to leak.
Generate household savings while conserving energy by
reducing drying times by up to 25%. Nomad Women Dryer Balls will quickly pay
for themselves. After that you'll generate significant savings as you'll never
need to ever purchase commercial dryer sheets again. Dryer balls will last for
Each ball is made of 100% wool hand-felted to approximately
9 inches around and approximately 2.25 ounces in weight. Variations may occur
as these are hand-crafted items.
Experience a triple serving of Coquí Joy -- that glowing
soft and fuzzy feeling -- knowing that you are reducing your energy
consumption, are keeping dryer sheets out of landfills and keeping perfumes and
chemicals out of your family's clothes and bedding….and helping women on the
other side of the globe.