Sheep Wool

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

Sheep wool properties

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

Mongolian Handicrafts Sheep Wool trade fair

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

When wool is organic, fine and pure, it does not itch. In general, all types of pure wool are capable of absorbing up to a third of its dry weight in moisture. Compare 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 fibres actually increases body odour because they create a breeding ground for bacteria. Sweat itself has no odour, but over time bacteria develop and create unpleasant odours. Pure sheep wool reduces the opportunity for odours to develop because it quickly absorbs sweat and evaporates it into the air. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool does not retain odours and will freshen just from airing out.

Our trade is fair

By using wool products, you are supporting local farmers and nomads throughout the world, especially those letting their sheep graze on pesticide free pastures. Wool is a sustainable resource.

Mongolian Handicrafts Sheep Wool trade fair

I am trying to educate about using our pure and organic wool clothes and crafts. I am keen on spreading the message that “Buy less and convert back ourselves into the natural fibres”. Neighbouring the biggest economic power, China impacts harshly on Mongolians pure and organic wool traditions. I have spent many years, working with Mongolian local cooperatives and every year it breaks my hurt as quality handicrafts are declining due to Chinese synthetic or nylon handicrafts becoming so popular. It hits the traditional handicrafts badly as good quality wool is mixed with synthetic wool in order 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 are interested in learning more about sheep wool then please read this post on our blog.