Honouring centuries of tradition and heritage
By respecting time-honoured traditions from east to west, the highest levels of integrity are manifested in every Tengri product.
For thousands of years, nomadic herders have stewarded the land and animals in the remote Khangai Mountains of Mongolia, where semi-wild Khangai Yak roam the grassland steppes.
In Britain, the rolling hills, gentle valleys, picturesque villages and mineral-rich waters of Scotland and Yorkshire have enabled generations of craftspeople to create the finest woollen yarns and luxurious fabrics for over 400 years.
In Mongolia, Tengri works directly with nomadic herders who hand-comb each yak once a year, producing only 100 grammes of precious Khangai Yak fibres. These are hand-sorted into four natural colours: cocoa, tan, and the rare, extremely valuable silver and platinum.
Baby Khangai Yak fibres
The world’s softest, rarest yak fibres can be hand-combed only once – from Baby Khangai Yaks, when they shed their first winter coats. The fibres are as soft as cashmere, warmer than merino wool, light and breathable, resistant to pilling, water and odours, hypoallergenic, with the strength and durability associated with cervelt (red deer down).
Although Khangai Yaks are combed more often than vicuña (annually compared with every three years for vicuña), the comparable fibre yield is less, making Khangai Yak fibres rarer than vicuña.
The Khangai region's unique microclimate
Tiny fluctuations in overnight temperatures intensify the growth of Mongolia’s softest yak down on the animals’ underbellies. These fibres have outstanding thermal-regulating properties, enabling Khangai Yak to thrive in scorching summers and bitter winters (temperatures range from +40 to -40 degrees Celsius).
Natural, pure and hypoallergenic
The untreated and undyed condition of Tengri Noble Fibre® makes it ideal for those with allergies. Our garments represent the natural colours of the Khangai Noble Yak.
Heritage skills and Noble Yarn innovation
To create woven fabrics and knitwear of the highest quality, we combine the latest innovations in textile research and development with centuries of traditional craftsmanship.
Our development technology, applied to fibres from the Khangai Yak, ensures that every Tengri garment is exquisitely soft, light, warmer than merino wool, hypoallergenic and durable.
Tengri Khangai Noble Yarns® are spun and woven into fabric in Yorkshire, at a family-owned mill where skills are passed from one generation to the next, and where textile manufacturing dates back to 1777.
We make our knitwear in the Scottish Borders – a region world-famous for producing the finest quality woollens for hundreds of years – washing every garment in the purity of local water that brings out the natural softness of Tengri Noble Yarns®.
Transparent and sustainable sourcing
Tengri, listed in Sustainia100 as one of the world’s leading sustainable business solutions, produces Khangai Noble Fibres® via a 100 percent transparent supply chain. We source our yak fibres directly from cooperatives made up of more than 4,500 herder families living in and around Mongolia’s Khangai Mountains. The garments and yarns we create embrace the unique qualities of this very special fibre – qualities often under-recognised in the global textile industry.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, 90 percent of Mongolia is fragile dry-land – desertification threatens wildlife and biodiversity. Tengri’s social enterprise with nomadic herders supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by promoting sustainable economic growth, ensuring sustainable production patterns, protecting and promoting sustainable natural ecosystems use, and combating desertification through our global partnerships for sustainable development.
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