The Yak is a long-haired ox found in Central Asia and the Tibetan Plateau. Thriving in temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit and grazing on grasslands 12,000 feet above sea level and higher, the Yak is well-protected by a thick outer coat of long course hair. In Spring the Yak is transformed and the soft undercoat loosens and is collected by herdsmen simply by combing. This soft hair is then cleaned and spun into a beautiful and durable yarn.
It is with great pride we added this exotic fiber to our collection.
Yak is warmer than wool, yet as soft as angora or cashmere. The fiber is very lightweight and extremely durable. Yak fiber does not shed, is non-allergenic, and maintains its remarkable warmth even when wet.
Yak yarn is among the most expensive and sought after in the textile world. Each Yak produces only about 16 ounces (453 grams) of undercoat hair per year.