IN THE AIR
HAND SPUN YARNS
IN THEIR YURTS, THE HERDERSâ€™ WIVES PRODUCE INDIVIDUALLY-SIGNED, HAND-SPUN YARN
The Arvidjin Ar Delgerekh Cooperative has adopted a fair and democratic mode of governance in which women play an increasingly important role.
Hand-spinning is a growing activity. Not only does it offer an additional means of earning during the winter months (when herding work slows down), but it also gives women a position of importance in the governance of the cooperative.
The balls of 50g and 100g yarn are produced in three different natural colours, as well as two mixed versions (dark brown/light brown and dark brown/grey). Each spinner individually signs the balls of yarn they make, offering a sign of commitment as well as a way of ensuring more consistent batches. The Cooperative, which already exports wool for certain minimum batch sizes, will publish on its website the retail outlets which will be selling this type of traditional wool in Mongolia.
TOURISM / YAK CULTURE
DISCOVERING â€˜YAK CULTUREâ€™ IN THE KHANGAÃ MOUNTAINS,FROM A HERDERâ€™S YURT
The Cooperative and its members have launched a fair-trade tourism activity alongside local agencies to enable families of herders to generate additional income from mid-June to mid-September. The Cooperative acts as a coordinator between the herders and the tourism professionals, organises logistics, timetabling for host families, tours and activities. A whole host of themed tours are available, such as:
â€¢ Participating in the daily activities of nomadic herding families (Making dairy produce, making traditional clothing, felt-making, looking after the herds, discovering local rites and beliefs, taking care of horses, etc.)
â€¢ Discovering natural sites (Hot and cold springs, the ecosystems of the mountains and steppes, historical and prehistorical sites, the lakes and volcanoes, etc.)
â€¢ Attending the local â€˜Naadamâ€™ with member families.
â€¢ Understanding the specific culture of yak herding (combing,hand spinning of yak down, milking, etc.)
â€¢ Living the life of a nomadic herder (moving from a summer camp to another to find new pasture land, preparing for the national Naadam festival, erecting a Mongolian yurt)