FELT BOOTS ARE FEAST FOR THE EYES

Текст к выпускному экзамену по английскому языку № 65 FELT BOOTS ARE FEAST FOR THE EYES

The financial-economic crisis of the 2009 was the third of its kind for Smilovichi Felting Factory's Director, Vasily Saban. However, each time his unique company recovered from its challenging situation. Mr Saban, 55, has not only survived these times of trouble but has discovered a solution for 'his' factory — the company modernized its felt boot production, with the range of wool-made products expanded. "This branch may be one of the oldest but it has seen progress," says Mr Saban, looking at black-and-white photos from the 1950- 1960s. "In 1928 Smilovichi staff made just 8—10 pairs of felt boots daily; the figure is ten times larger now, the quality has also improved. We are now working on making women's felt boots more attractive and fashionable, without giving them high heels!" Felt boots have been worn for over two centuries but still enjoy popularity with villagers, buiders, the military, steel workers and ice fishermen. In recent years, felt boots have even gained special status, being bought in Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine and Finland; Smilovichi-made footwear is worn with pleasure.

The company makes 37 different wollen products — including felt boots for children and adults, technical felt, woollen blankets and pillows, and sets for banyas. Its major supplies of raw materials are based in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan. The company has managed not only to avoid bankruptcy but to advance significantly in its traditional manufacture. The process of felt boot making is complicated and labour intensive, including 36 operations, with only a few of them mechanised.

...I went to Smilovichi to buy felt boots for my sister and ended up buying some for myself and my family. They are beautiful and warm and environmentally friendly, being produced from sheep's wool, without addictive and synthetic glue. Anyone wearing Smilovichi-made felt boots must surely feel warm; their footwear has been made with love and keeps the warmth of their makers' hands.

2. The director of the felting factory tells us about the factory's achievements over the years. Find this extract and read it aloud.

3. What does the factory produce?

4. Why are felt boots becoming more and more popular all over the world?

Ответы на вопросы к тексту № 65 FELT BOOTS ARE FEAST FOR THE EYES к экзамену по английскому языку

Ответ на вопрос 1. Read the article and say in 2-3 sentences what it is about. This text is about Smilovichi Felting Factory and its production. It is about the history of felt boots and their use in everyday life. The text emphasizes the environmental friendliness of goods made of wool.

Ответ на вопрос 2. The director of the felting factory tells us about the factory's achievements over the years. Find this extract and read it aloud. (2 абзац) "This branch may be one of the oldest but it has seen progress," says Mr Saban, looking at black-and-white photos from the 1950- 1960s. "In 1928 Smilovichi staff made just 8—10 pairs of felt boots daily; the figure is ten times larger now, the quality has also improved. We are now working on making women's felt boots more attractive and fashionable, without giving them high heels!"

Ответ на вопрос 3. What does the factory produce? The company now makes 37 different woolen products — including felt boots for children and adults, technical felt, woolen blankets and pillows, and sets for banyas.

Ответ на вопрос 4. Why are felt boots becoming more and more popular all over the world? Because they are beautiful and warm and environmentally friendly, being produced from sheep's wool, without addictive and synthetic glue.

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