About Yak Fiber...

Typically, yak produce two different types of hair. The first is the outer "guard hair" which is the longer, coarser, and stronger hair. While guard hair grows over the entire animal, the longest and strongest guard hair is found on the animals tail and skirt. The second hair produced is the short, fine, soft undercoat or "down hair" which is produced by the animals during the winter and is an incredible insulator. Yak living in cold climates will produce from one to two pounds of down annually. The down is shed in the spring and is harvested by combing.


Because of its strength and coarse nature, the guard hairs are typically carded and then spun worsted. Using multiple plies the guard hairs are then braided into ropes, halters, and belts or weaved into very durable rugs and bags. The down, with a diameter of 14-16 microns, is very soft and is comparable to cashmere or camel in softness and quality. Once separated from the guard hairs the down is processed into clouds and rovings and spun into yarn for the exotic fiber market.



Our raw fiber is processed through multiple stages to assure the highest quality, softest fiber. First, it is thoroughly cleaned using biodegradable detergents and then passed through a picker to remove any large clumps of matted fiber

Next, a dehairer removes all the guard hair to Cashmere quality standards. A carder is the next step to align the fibers to be ready for spinning. Finally, the spinning frame turns the fiber into soft, multi ply yarns that are steamed, coned and put into skeins.



Clouds are the most basic fiber ready for spinning. Cleaned, de-matted and de-haired, the Yak fiber is in soft fluffy clouds of fiber.

The spinner takes the cloud and begins to draw out the fiber into lines that are fed into the spinning wheel. Clouds make a very lofty hand spun yarn. Since the fiber is not carded, the spun yarn may have a springiness or stretch to its final spun form.



Rovings are further processed fiber that has been carded and drawn into narrow strips to align the fibers. Once the fibers have been aligned, the fiber can be twisted and spun into soft lofty yarn.

The rovings are well suited to both beginner and experienced spinners and weavers. Yak rovings are typically only carded once and not drawn overmuch due to the short staple length of the fiber.



Yarn made from yak down is one of the most luxurious fibers found. Warmer than wool and as soft as cashmere, yak yarn makes wonderful garments and accessories. It is an extremely durable and lightweight fiber that preserves heat in the winter yet breathes for comfort in warmer weather.

Yak yarn is completely odorless, does not shed and maintains warmth, even when wet. The yarn is non-allergenic and non-irritating as it contains no animal oils or residue. It can be hand washed with a gentle detergent.