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The Material: Yak Down Fiber



 Yaks are perhaps the single most important existence on the plateau that can sustain the survival of the Tibetan nomads. 

The coarse yak wool, spun into black yarns, woven into long sheets of durable clothes or braided into ropes, has always been the material used by the Northern nomads to make their tents. 

However, under a layer of such long, coarse and tough fiber, lies another layer of delicate hair with an almost opposite quality, short and very fine, one of the finest in the animal world. The nomads call it “khu-le”, which provides an exceptionally high degree of insulation for these magnificent beasts to survive in the plateau winter. 










Generally speaking, every yak except the newborn calf will grow its new “khu-le” in the fall so that it can protect the yak through the winter, and then shed naturally before summer. Moreover, the finest “khu-le” comes only from around the neck of a two-year-old yak, which yields no more than a couple of hundred grams from each animal, making the fine “khu-le” even rarer 


It is lightweight, breathable and provides extremely efficient insulation. It is extremely fine and doesn’t cause allergy or itching even to the soft skin of babies. The un-dyed natural yak wool reflects a dim glow that differs from the shiny silk, and gives it a low profile but somewhat elegant appearance. Even though its name is still widely unknown to the world, some have acknowledged that the fine yak “khu-le” is as precious as the famous cashmere. 

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