About BureBure

My husband Kestas and I gave up the city for an old farmstead in Moletai, Eastern Lithuania, more than 15 years ago. We moved to Lithuanian woods to raise our children, lead a slow life, and work without stress. Together we established an organic farmstead ForestSheep, started BureBure and began taking care of an ancient Skudden sheep breed.
Ancient Skuden breed was almost extinct once, but responsible farming initiatives protected them. So these beauties that changed very little throughout thousands of years, are still on our planet.

We raise our sheep under the most natural conditions, according to animal welfare standards. Our sheep walk around freely. They are hand sheared by Kestas twice a year. After shearing, he cards the wool in our farm using small carding equipment and prepares it for felting.
Lithuania Drone photography Nature surrounding ForestSheep farmstead from up aboveTwo newborn lambs of ancient Skudden sheep breed in ForestSheep farm
BureBure production is 100 % handmade. I use natural ("raw") materials: sheep wool, flax, linen, hemp, silk fibers, recycled fabrics, leather, or suede. Some of the wool we use comes from Skudden.

We are probably the only Lithuanian woolen shoemakers, who felt items from uncarbonized, unbleached, and undyed wool.

Felt making process takes place in a family studio, on a table that my husband has constructed for me.

At first, wool is laid on a prepared template and moistened with warm water. Sometimes, decorations or other fabrics are added. Using only natural olive soap and water, wool is felted into the desired shape and left to dry on a special shoetree. Finally, we strengthen the bottoms of the shoes with layers of latex or hand-stitched soles.
Wool leftovers on felting table after a wet felting workshop
I create shoe models for the footwear that we felt.

In 2008 I invented backless wool slippers which became one of the most ordered choices. I was also the first who started making felted wool sneakers, envelope slippers, moon craters.

I experiment a lot with various designs, such as cocoon shoes, woocaps, or wooboots. I often mix different fibers (such as alpaca or flax) into wool, decorate footwear with wood, recycled leather or linen or old sari silk straps.