Yak wool

Mongolian Handicraft Trade Fair

As yaks live at high altitudes, 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 -50C in winter. The natural colors 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 fibers.

It is resistant to static electricity, meaning garments are less likely to spark and cling to the body in dry conditions. Because it does not absorb odors 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, so many producers mix it with other wool. But the quality of the product is different compared to pure down. Our primary concern is not to mix 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.

Environmental impact

Nomads and their domestic animals are, in a sense, equals as they 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 that 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 want to learn why yak’s wool is more environmentally friendly than cashmere, please read this post on our blog.