Beautiful Black Yak Throw from Nepal.

Yaks are one of the larger members of the bovine family. They live in the high altitudes of the Himalayas, and as a result they need to keep warm. They do this by growing a fine layer of down underneath their outer ‘hair’ or ‘wool’. The wool is coarse but very hardy, and is traditionally used to make rope, extremely warm blankets, and weave materials for nomadic tents.

The down of the yak however is extremely fine and is comparable in micron thickness (and texture) to merino wool, angora (rabbit), and cashmere (the down of the mountain goat). This yak down (in fact, any down) is a luxury fiber, and can be hand spun into beautiful shawls and scarves. For a price quite similar to angora or cashmere.

Dimensions: 70cm x 200cm