Ula & Lia is a yarn company based in Mongolia. They source their Baby Yak from free range Yaks raised in traditional methods by nomadic families. The fiber is processed & milled in Mongolia! Their mission is to bring the highest of quality Baby Yak to market at an approachable price. This is still a luxury fiber and very little is produced each year by the Baby Yaks and there is a limited run of yarn each year. Cowgirl Yarn is thrilled to have the chance to bring this amazing yarn to you!
Due to their unique habitat of high elevations and bitterly cold temperatures, yak wool is very fine and soft, but also comprised of abnormally long and durable fibers.
The downy fiber harvested from Mongolian yaks provides a unique mix of softness and durability. Yaks have different layers in their wool coats, much like goats. ULA + LIA only uses the finest, softest down layer that 1-3 year old yaks produce in the middle of bitter winters. The guard hairs that remain after the brushing process are separated from the downy ‘yak cashmere’ before being spun into yarn.
ULA+LIA is working with herder cooperatives that are focused on development, They are also able to implement breeding programs to increase fiber quality and income for the families. With the 20% market premium they pay for their fiber (cashmere and baby yak, camel wool) the families that work with the SCU are able to invest in development projects to improve their communities. From increasing health care to business projects aimed at increasing and diversifying income sources, our partner cooperatives choose where to invest the premium under the project umbrella to fit their needs best.
Fiber Content: 100% Baby Yak Down Wool
Fiber Content: Mongolian Camel
Yarn Weight: DK
Physical Weight: 100g
Yardage: 220 yards
Country Of Origin: Mongolia