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Species Protection - This is nature!

 

The species protection line is designed to support sheep breeders in Tirol and other parts of Europe who breed endangered sheep species. We use the wool of endangered species such as the Tyrolean Mountain Sheep to create a unique model that uses only the wool from these sheep. Their wool is undyed, so the slipper represents the natural color of the sheep race.

 

Since the Stone Age, sheep accompany the human race as domestic animals and as livestock. They are among the oldest pets in the world. Today as in the past, we humans use the warming wool, the valuable flesh and the nourishing milk from the sheep. All these natural resources are given to us by these intelligent and loyal animals. We as a company have specialized in the processing of the wool where we are able to make unique and sophisticated products from scratch. And it is our intention to promote wool as a natural and re-growing material.

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Why Magicfelt - Species Protection:

  • 100% natural materials
  • light as a feather – only 89 g at size 38 (7.5 U.S. size)
  • anatomically shaped
  • made in Tirol
  • support of endangered sheep species

 

 

Advantages of Wool Felt:

  • thermal insulating and isolating
  • breathable material
  • self-cleaning materials
  • odor neutralizing
  • natural and regrowing resource

 

What makes the species protection slippers unique is that you can choose the species you want to support and protect by ordering a pair of slippers. At the moment, we protect seven species with our project:

  • Tiroler Steinschaf (Tyrolean Rock Sheep)
  • Tiroler Bergschaf (Tyrolean Mountain Sheep)
  • Schweizer Juraschaf (Swiss Mountain Sheep)
  • Coburger Fuchsschaf (Coburg Fox Sheep)
  • Moorschnucke (White Polled Heath)
  • Gotland Sheep
  • Shetland sheep

Our carefully chosen sheep species:

 

 

Tyrol Stonesheep

Tiroler Steinschaf

 

 

 Origin

 

The Tyrolean Rock Sheep is one of the oldest still existing sheep species on earth. Its origin lies in the Neolithic sheep, an archaic race. The sheep are bred on remote mountain farms already since centuries here in Tirol to get meat, milk, and wool. Their wool was in high demand especially in the 20th century to produce loden cloth. Today, the Tyrolean Rock Sheep is a rare species. With our Tyrolean Rock Sheep slippers, we support the breeding of this species.

 

 

Characteristics:

  • very robust and fertile breed of sheep
  • cross-country and very skilled, similar to chamois
  • well adapted for the sparse conditions in the alpine mountains
  • relatively big sheep breed
  • lives usually on alpine pastures, sometimes higher than 2,500m above sea level
  • male sheep have huge horns while female sheep are hornless

 

 

 

 

Wool and usage:

 

The undercoat is very dense and crinkled with fiber lengths of up to 15cm. The upper wool grows up to 30cm. Due to its beautiful mottled look, it is used for traditional dresses and costumes and felt slippers. The felt is known for its naturalness, originality, and its resilience.

 

 

 

 

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Tyrolean Mountain Sheep 

Origin:

The Tyrolean Mountain Sheep exists since the Interwar period in the 20th century. It came into existence through a crossbreed of the northern Italian mountain sheep and the Tyrolean Rock Sheep.  Mountain Sheeps are white, brown or black. Especially in the Austrian and Swiss alpine regions the Tyrolean Mountain Sheep is widespread because it is ideally suited for alpine pastures and mountain landscapes.

 

 

Rassemerkmale:

  • very adaptive and robust breeding
  • highly fertile
  • sure of step even in demanding terrains
  • both male and female are hornless

  Tiroler Bergschaf

 

 

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Characteristics and usage:

The wool fibers have lengths in between 5 and 30 centimeters and are crinkled. They are very dense to guarantee a good thermal insulation against the cold even high up in the mountains. Once sheared, the wool is used a lot for fleece and other wool products. 

 

 

 

Swiss Jura Sheep (Swiss Mountain Sheep)

 Schweizer Juraschaf

 

 

Origin:

The Swiss Mountain Sheep has its origin in the 14th century and dates back to the Frutig-Sheep. The species is especially widespread in Switzerland and its wool is in high demand for its high quality, dark tincture, and fine fibers. As the two Tyrolean sheep races, it is well known for its resilience even in harsh alpine conditions.

 

Characteristics:

  • very adaptive and robust breeding
  • precocious and fertile breeding
  • medium-sized race with deep harmonic body
  • resilient against illness and climate influences
  • exists in black and in brown, exclusively. Breedings always result in pure black or pure brown (we use only the wool from the black sheep for our slippers)

 

 

Wool and usage:

The wool color of the Swiss Mountain Sheep is very consistent – either entirely black or dark brown. Head and legs are with shiny hair while the body is with dull hair. The wool is primarily used for classic wool products and slippers.

 

 

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Coburg Foxsheep

Origin:

The Coburg Fox Sheep is known since the 19th century. Earlier, the race was popular especially in the low mountain landscapes in Germany. Today, they are used a lot for landscape conservation. Their wool is colored in slight reddish – similar to a fox – which explains the name of the race. At presence, only a few thousand Coburg Fox Sheep are still existent. This nurtured our wish to support and preserve this threatened race. That is why we decided to adopt this beautiful and rare species into our species protection line and create a slipper model from their unique wool. 

 

 

Characteristics:

  • noble, medium-sized sheep
  • hornless
  • long rutting season
  • highly endangered
  • ideal landscape conserver
  • robust and adaptive, can walk long distances

 

 

  

Coburger Fuchsschaf

 

  

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Wool and usage:

The wool color of the lambs is golden yellow to russet. With increasing age the color lightens up until there is only a reddish glimmer left. This is why they are said to have a golden fleece. A small number of the sheep have a so-called „Aalstrich“ – a dark fur strip – that runs straight along the back of the sheep. Due to its beautiful light coloring, the wool is used especially for slippers, carpets, caps, and clothing.

 

White Polled Heath (Moorschnucke)

  Moorschnucke

 

  

Origin:

The White Polled Heath stems from the moorlands in Lower Saxony and belongs to the family of the German heath. This species is hornless. Already in the 19th century, people began to economically utilize the species. Its resounding name is owed to its origin and its impressive ability to free itself from moor holes. Additionally, it is the only sheep species that is able to swim. Unfortunately, its population is critically low and it is among the endangered species. This is why we decided to support this race.

 

At presence, most of the sheep from this modest race live on the upland moors in Northern and Middle Germany. They are mainly used for landscape maintenance and nature preservation.

 

Characteristics:

  • very modest and robust
  • able to walk wide distances
  • only sheep breed that is able to swim
  • small in stature and  lightweight
  • skilled in the moorlands

  

 

Wool and Usage:

The wool is known for its beautiful white color which compiles of a coarse upper coat and a fine undercoat. The upper coat is not used for clothing because of its thick fibers that are difficult to process. Conversely, the undercoat is very suitable for textile creation. It is mainly used for clothing, but also carpets, and in our company for the White Polled Heath Model.

 

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Gotland Sheep

Origin:

 

The Gotland sheep comes from the Swedish island Gotland. The race exists since the Iron Age and goes back to the Gotland grazing sheep. The race is bred especially on the Gotland Island and other parts of Sweden but also in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. The sheep are particularly valuable for landscape maintenance in nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. Their activities support the preservation of endangered animal and plant species.

 

 

Characteristics:

 

  • small to mid-size sheep race
  • both genders have horns
  • color ranges from multiple shades of grey through dark brown to black (lambs are black)
  • modest, robust and weather-resistant
  •  loses parts of its wool by itself in springtime

 

 

 

 

 Gotlandschaf 

 

 

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Wool characteristics and usage:

The Gotland sheep’s wool has a high density that makes it insensitive to temperature and weather conditions. The wool consists of three layers that perfectly protect against cold, wet, and wind. The typical color of the wool is silver gray to mottled dark brown. Adult animals are sheared two times a year, usually. The wool of the Gotland is particularly suitable for felt production. Apart from our Gotland Sheep slippers and clogs, also woven carpets are produced.

 

Shetland Sheep

 

Shetlandschaf 

 

 

 

Origin:

Shetland sheep have their origin on the Shetland Islands that belong to Scotland. They are real Scots. The race belongs to the Nordic heather sheep and is known since the Stone Age. Shetland sheep are very robust and have adapted perfectly to the sparse and nutrient-poor soil.

 

 

 

Characteristics:

  • capable of walking long distances
  • robust species
  • small of size
  • wool colors can differ significantly

Wool characteristics and usage:

The wool of the Shetland Sheep is of superior quality. The special feature of this race is the way the wool can be gained: Once a year, in springtime, the sheep strip the wool. At that time the wool can be easily loosened and detached without shearing but rather picking it. The wool is very warming, smooth and elastic which guarantees a high wearing comfort for the slippers. The natural coloring of the wool has approximately eleven main wool colors that go from white through honey brown to black. Mainly felt products and scarfs are made from the warming and supreme quality wool. We mainly use wool from the light brown sheep.

 

 

 

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