Yak yarns

Yak fibre comes from the fine undercoat of the Tibetan yak. Yak wool is comparable with cashmere. It is light but warm with a luxurious feel. This beautiful fibre is ideal for gorgeous jumpers, jackets, shawls, arm warmers and beanies. 

Yak. Photo by Dennis Jarvis. Published on Wikipedia.

Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis, Wikipedia. 

Interesting facts: Yaks are actually related to cattle (Bos primigenius species). They have a heavy, bulky frame, sturdy legs, rounded cloven hooves, and extremely dense, long fur that hangs down lower than the belly and forms a kind of long 'skirt'. 

Yaks are also known as Bos grunniens (grunting bull) for their grunts. The animals are  adapted to living in higher altitudes and very cool climates. They struggle at lower altitudes and temperatures over 15 degrees Celsius due to a lack of sweat glands. 

Their main habitats are the Himalayas in Southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau, Mongolia and Russia. 


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