“Here at FEMME, we love yarns with lots of texture for our knits. Those sweaters you look at and all you want to do is curl up in a big chair with a cup of coffee. We were looking for something extra-luxurious for our Autumn/Winter collection and we were between cashmere and something new we hadn’t tried before – Tibetan yak wool. Once we had the yak wool in our hands, the soft touch had us sold.”
“Tibetan yak wool is interesting because it has the warmth and beauty of wool, but without the itchiness. Yaks have learned to survive heights of 3000 meters in the Tibetan mountains, which means their down is the perfect ingredient for creating sweaters to withstand the cold, Nordic months here in Scandinavia. Tibetan yak wool is made from the yak’s down that is very thin in diameter, similar to that of cashmere, hence a similar soft feeling to the touch.”
“The yaks naturally shed during the spring, so there’s no sheering, no plucking of down; but rather a natural process that results in beautiful knits without any pain. It’s little bits of information like this that gets us really excited about a new material.”“It’s our job as buyers to take the designs and make them come to life. The idea exists in the designer’s sketches, but it’s us who connects those ideas with suppliers from around the world, including Tibet, to make it a reality. Sometimes that involves cutting sample sweaters and exchanging material until we find exactly what we want. It hurts every time, but it’s the process to perfection.”
“When people hear Tibetan yak wool, it sounds exotic. And for us in Scandinavia, it is. It really is the best of both worlds — both warm and soft to-the-touch luxury. Any compromise for something in-between is essentially averted.” Shop The New Cashmere: Tibetan Yak Wool.
Yak Wool Care Tips from Tanja:
- WASH LESS — Yak wool is more or less self-cleaning. The fibers are antibacterial by nature, so washing can actually be minimal
- AIR OUT — When the wool needs a freshening, hang it up to air dry. Cold air is the best option when the choice is available.
- PUT IT IN THE FREEZER — You can put the wool in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer. The cold kills any bacteria that is residing on the garment, and reduces the need to hand wash it.