Even Mongolian traditional script speaks of sheep wool when it’s raw. Mongolian Nomads observed their raw wool with great respect as it is 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 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 lightweight. Combed wool is selected for clothes and handicrafts. Sheep wool is the most important animal fiber used in textiles, clothes, yurts, and handicrafts in Mongolia since its origin.
Resilience, elastic, durable, breathable, and warm. Sheep wool has 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 it’s + 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 fibers actually increase body odor because they create a breeding ground for bacteria. Sweat itself has no odor, but over time bacteria develop and create unpleasant odors. Pure sheep wool reduces the opportunity for odors to develop because it quickly absorbs sweat and evaporates it into the air. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool does not retain odors 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.
I am trying to educate young generations 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 fibers”. Neighboring the biggest economic power, China impacts harshly Mongolians pure and organic wool traditions. I have spent many years, working with Mongolian local 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 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.