Why Yak Wool?
As yaks live at high altitude, their wool needs to be extremely warm due to the climate in Mongolia. The unique property of Mongolian yak down is because of the geographical and climatic conditions where temperatures could reach to -50C in winter. The natural colours of pure yak down recall the mysterious misty mountains and harmonious silky rivers of Mongolia.
Yaks wool properties
Even the toughest yak wool is similar to cashmere. Yak wool has a higher ability to keep warmth in. It is more breathable and easier to clean. Yak wool is much more durable than cashmere while maintaining the luxury touch. The strength of Yak wool comes from the high levels of amino acids contained within the fibres.
It is resistant to static electricity meaning that garments are less likely to spark and cling to the body in dry conditions. Because it does not absorb odours and sweat, it needs less washing.
Our trade is fair
We work closely with the Mongolian nomads to ensure all trade we carry out is fair. Not only is the wool ecologically friendly but it can also increase the income of the herder families. This is crucial, especially for those herders who live with their yaks in isolated rural areas.
Pure yak down is very rare and for this reason, many producers mix it with other wool. But the quality of the product is totally different compared to pure down. Our main concern is not to mix any wool with the yak down even though yak is more expensive. We respect this noble and authentic wool as one of the unique beauties of our mother earth. Yak down (Pure yak wool) products cost similar to virgin wool and are cheaper than pure cashmere ones.
Nomads and their domestic animals are, in a sense, equals as they both depend on each other for survival. A decent environment is essential for both. Yaks don’t contribute to overgrazing as they can graze on pastures which are not accessible to other animals such as goats and sheep. Their less destructive grazing habits mean a reduced risk of desertification and damage to fragile ecosystems. If you are interested in learning why yak’s wool is more environmentally friendly than cashmere then please read this post on our blog.