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Mongolian cattle, sheep, goats and camels are raised naturally, and spend most of their lives in open, unfenced pastures, making the wool organic. It goes without saying that the Nomadic herders of Mongolia do not practise mulesing.
Wool from Mongolia is considered to be amongst the highest quality wool in the world. The animals are able to yield superior quality wool fibres because of the harsh winter temperatures, at times -40 degrees.These animals yield some of the best quality natural wool fibres in the world.The animals graze in the vast steppes of Mongolia and are free from mulesing practices.
The wool is hand-combed by the herders. This will not only financially secure the herders, but the animals will also enjoy a breezier summer.
Spring 2017, Huvsgul Aimag. Herders hand-combing a yak during moulting.
Cashmere from Mongolian herders is considered the world´s finest. This is because goats that live in harsh winter climates, like in Mongolia, they produce a thick undercoat of fine down and long fibres.
Cashmere wool is said to be eight times warmer than sheep (merino) wool, significantly lighter and softer.
It is soft and warm and has a very similar fibre structure to cashmere. We use the undercoat of the camel in our garments. The characteristic of camel hair is its hue (tanned colour) and its incredible lustre. It is strong and durable. It doesn’t felt easy due to its long fibres.
Yaks are a type of longhaired bovine that has been used for over a thousand years in Mongolia. The yak wool quality is almost comparable to cashmere wool, between 16 to 19 microns. Yak wool has all the properties of all natural fibres and is also known to outperform other wool in breathability and warmth due to the content of myrisic acid.
Ayo Oslo Wool Properties
When disposed of, natural wool fibre takes only a few years to decompose and can even be used as a fertiliser.
Breathable and insulating
(thermobalance) Wool absorbs and releases up to 30% water vapour into the atmosphere, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. wool insulates well, providing and retaining warmth.
Durable and elastic
Wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking and still have the power to recover and return to its natural shape. Quality wool garments look good for longer.
Wool can be dry cleaned or washed while still retaining a small amount of natural oils. Wool fibre resists dirt and grease, and can be shaken easily off the garment.
Wool fibre has a higher ignition threshold than many other fibres and is flame retardant up to 600ºC. It also produces less toxic fumes in a fire.
Wool acclimatizes to its surroundings.
Natural and renewable
Wool is grown not made; animals grow a new fleece every year. Wool products also use less energy than man-made fibres during manufacture.
Non-allergenic - Antibacterial
Wool is not known to cause allergies and does not promote the growth of bacteria. Wool, in general, prevents bacteria from living on sweat, thereby reducing unpleasant odours.
Our wool is natural and organic, and has not undergone treatments to enhance its features. Pilling is a natural inherent characteristic of wool. Use a cashmere comb to remove the fuzz balls and your garment is as good as new.
Wool has natural high UV protection.
Follow this link if you want to read more about how to care for your wool.