Yak Down Shawl from Mongolia
This shawl can be worn so many different ways with buttons down the front and back for versatility. It's lightweight but very warm and packs down into nothing - great for carrying in your handbag!
We've just been in Mongolia and discovered this amazing natural fibre - YAK DOWN - it's light weight. breathes and is very warm. It's very similar to Cashmere and very complimentary to our beautiful merino products. We not only visited the factory in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, but also traveled up to the North of Mongolia and visited Herders - an amazing experience.
The company we are working with are very similar to ours in a lot of respects - a small family business who work with the supply chain from the herders through to the end products and value quality, animals and people.
Mongolian Yak Down is combed from Yaks by nomadic herdsmen after the winter thaw. Yak produce two types of fibre: coarse outer hair and a fine down that grows before the onset of winter as additional protection against the cold . The down fibre is collected by herdsmen during the spring molting season in May/June when the yaks naturally shed their winter coat. The raw fibre is collected from the Herders, sorted by colour (4 natural colours) and quality and then washed before being de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the course hairs from the fine down. It takes about 100kg of the original raw mass to get around 25kg of pure fine down.
Yak down is completely natural with no dyes and comes in the three basic colours that yaks themselves come in: dark and medium brown, and the light grey or platinum shat that is one hundred times more rare than cashmere. Yak down is a truly extraordinary natural fibre and is naturally:
SOFT - as soft as cashmere but is more durable
HYPO-ALLERGENIC - great for sensitive skin
WARM - is warm even when wet
BREATHABLE - helps regulate body temperature
LIGHTWEIGHT - is incredibly light but very warm
Karen from Sustainable Styling has styled this Shawl/Poncho with our Merino Turtle Neck Skivvy in Olive (#120T), Black Leggings (#310L) and Dark Grey Merino Sneakers (#49300) and Yak Down Wrap