Design me a Yak:

the section for those who work with our yak fibres

Teixidors, one of the maestros of weaving talks about the khangai cooperative

Jaume Mas, Technical Director at Teixidors, talks about the strategic, economic and philosophical reasons behind their decision to work with the Cooperative’s yak down.

“The characteristics of the down from this Cooperative, along with the values it supports, perfectly match our vision of a good partner. Our idea of style, which needs to combine elegance, innovation and tradition, has founds its counterpart in the originality and characteristics of this down and its yarn. We could easily, like others, have bought yak yarn without worrying about the origin of the down, the harvesting process and the herders’ working conditions, however, in that case, we wouldn’t have been able to convey important information to customers which offers objective reasons for the ‘value’ price contained in our products.

Our customers like the style and the originality of our products, but also the less visible aspects which they are prepared to pay for, because they fully understand, or want to understand, what they are buying. The fact that the fibres are both delicate and durable, and that they wash well, means the fabrics are lighter and the colours do not fade over time.

This is all due to the fact that the fibres come from well-farmed animals,

using combing techniques which do not damage the fibres, that there is a professional ethos, a philosophy based on continual improvements in quality, which only members working together in a tightly-knit association can guarantee.

Our partner distributors, from Europe to the USA, understand the logic behind all our products displaying information for their customers about the origin and history of the raw material. This transparency helps people see how committed we are to high quality and offers an irrefutable explanation for the prices we set.“

Once upon a Yak:

The key events which have marked the history

The Stars of Milan Expo are always shinning

THE KHANGAÏ COOPERATIVE OF YAK HERDERS TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF THE UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION IN MILAN IN 2015 – MONACO PAVILLION.

The Principality of Monaco, which supports the development of the Cooperative, has also chosen the latter to help demonstrate its commitment to climate change issues. An interactive platform shows visitors the role of yaks now, and the future of nomadic herders in the Khangaï Mountains as well as the role of AVSF in relation to the programmes established. Each of the yaks’ attributed functions is supported by videos explaining their different contributions (dairy produce, meat, textile fibres, and transportation), their role in nomadic culture and the required initiatives to promote this production in a sustainable way, ensuring the livelihood of each family.

Through this interactive installation visitors will be able to explore how yaks are fundamental for the lives of the Mongolian farmers and learn about how AVSF contributed to improving their living conditions. The photograph of a yak placed at the center of a wheel represents the diverse aspects of livestock farming. Visitors can turn this wheel, and based

yak-for-life

on the topic they select a brief video is played which can be based on the production of meat, dairy products, wool fibres or how the animal is used in other ways (races, dedicated festivals). The beneficiaries of the project speak in every video. There are infographics set up alongside this station that provide a summarized overview of the entire project.

Yak digest:

everything you need (or don’t need) to know

YAKS’ PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: the colour of their outer coat varies, 69% black, 17% brown, 24% grey or white and two-tone. In Mongolia, and in particular in the Khangaï area, the majority (95%) do not have horns (a specific feature of Mongolian yaks)

PASTURELAND: yaks graze between 1,500 and 3,000m in Mongolia

SIZE AND WEIGHT: average sizes at the withers 1.65m, females weigh between 270kg and 280kg, males between 400kg and 500kg.

YAK DUNG: dried yak dung is used for fuel

BIRTHS: first gestation from two years old up to 15-16 years old. Seasonal reproduction once a year, with calves born in July and August following a gestation period of 258 days

YAK MILK: female yaks produce 560 to 730 litres of milk per lactation

YAK MEAT: it is dark red due to a high proportion of haemoglobin and myoglobin in the tissue. It is very tasty and less fatty than beef

IN THE AIR