Forest Wool

- Tamara Orjola

Pine trees are the world’s most important source of wood. 600 million pine trees are cut every year in the EU alone. But there’s more to the tree than just wood: Pine needles account for 20 to 30 percent of its mass. Tamara Orjola investigates the potential of the billions of needles that are left in the process. The needles prove to be a great raw material for new types of fibers. Standard manufacturing techniques – crushing, soaking, steaming, carding, binding and pressing – convert the needles into textiles, composites and paper. At the same time, the essential oil and colorant are extracted. This elegant tapestry is made from nothing but pine needles. It is a statement and proves that this ecological material has a high-quality appearance and is easy to apply.