Sheep wool

Even Mongolian traditional script speaks of sheep wool when it’s raw. Mongolian Nomads observed their raw wool with great respect as it was a divine gift from their “sky” (mother earth). They sang and danced around their raw wool, praising the wool before processing it into clothes or other products. They realized the sacred and artistic shape in it. That’s how the art of Mongolian calligraphy and the traditional script was born.

Sheep wool properties

The hairs that the sheep shed naturally once or twice a year are used by nomads to cover their yurt by felting or for carpets. In spring, the nomads comb their domestic animals, making them ready for hot summer with lightweight. Combed wool is selected for clothes and handicrafts. Sheep wool is the most used animal fiber in Mongolia’s textiles, clothes, yurts, and handicrafts since its origin.

Resilience, elastic, durable, breathable, and warm. Sheep wool can easily absorb moisture but also release moisture. It always maintains a perfect balance. Mongolians can use sheep wool in winter under -40 C and in summer when it’s + 20 as pure and organic sheep wool regulates temperature well.

When wool is organic, fine, and pure, it does not itch. Generally, all types of pure wool can absorb up to a third of its dry weight in moisture. Compared to cashmere, sheep wool products last long, and as it is used, it becomes softer. Besides keeping the skin dry, this quality also naturally inhibits mildew.

Most synthetic fibers increase body odor by creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Sweat itself has no odor, but bacteria develop and create unpleasant odors over time. Pure sheep wool reduces the opportunity for odors to develop by quickly absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool does not retain odors and will freshen just from airing out.

Our trade is fair.

Using wool products supports local farmers and nomads worldwide, especially those letting their sheep graze on pesticide-free pastures. Wool is a sustainable resource.

I am trying to educate young generations about using our pure and organic wool clothes and crafts. I want to spread the message, “Buy less and convert ourselves into natural fibers.” Neighboring the immense economic power, China harshly impacts Mongolians’ pure and organic wool traditions. I have spent many years working with local Mongolian cooperatives, and every year it breaks my heart as quality handicrafts are declining due to Chinese synthetic or nylon handicrafts becoming so popular. It hits traditional handicrafts badly as good quality wool is mixed with synthetic wool to compete with the Chinese market.

So I am making it my mission to only work with pure sheep wool. My word is that none of the wool used in my products is mixed with synthetic wool. If you want to learn more about sheep wool, please read this post on our blog.