Now that you have learned a bit more about these amazing creatures, let’s get to the heart of issue: why should fiber enthusiasts love yak?
For years people have been asking if yak is the new cashmere. (Conduct a simple Google search asking ‘is yak the new cashmere’ and you’ll see what we mean!) Both fibers are from Mongolia and Tibet and enjoy a similarly small micron count, the source of their superior softness. While both fibers hold a very special place in our heart, yak has a few special characteristics that make this fiber extra enticing.
Yak fiber comes from the soft undercoat of domesticate animals and has been marketed as odor-resistant, breathable,fire-resistant, hypoallergenic and moisture wicking. However, to be completely honest, most wools are marketed in a similar manner. So, what makes yak unique?
Environmental impact. Believe it or not, massive yak tread lighter than any other fiber bearing animal. Yak’s lighter hooves are gentler on their natural environment, making yak one of the most environmentally sustainable fibers.
Price for softness. Everyone loves a good deal, and yak with its comparable micron count to cashmere, is less expensive. However, don’t be fooled into thinking yak is easier to source. Yak fiber imported into the United States can only be sourced from domestic animals (as opposed to wild) and the annual clip is quite small in comparison to other fibers.
Ashland Bay loves yak fiber for its superior softness and environmental sustainability. We are thrilled to source Mongolian yak for you and delighted that we are able to provide you with the following yak products:
Merino/Yak/Silk (60/20/20) Fiber
Yak/Silk (50/50) Fiber
Lotus Yarn (SW Merino/Yak/Silk)
Lexington Yarn (Merino/Yak/Silk)