Mongolian friends Darima Tumur and Yanjaa Ragchaa decided to upcycle leftover cashmere in July 2019.
The finest cashmere in the world comes from goats in the remote, dry and extremely cold plateaus of Mongolia. Mongolia produces around 40% of the world’s cashmere, and a third of the country’s 3 million population are involved in its production.
Upcycling cashmere is a very manual and difficult process. Only the most experienced and loving hands can unravel old cashmere jumpers. Searching for good cashmere sweaters to unravel is the first and very important step. The sweaters are unravelled slowly by tugging ever so gently, winding sections by hand into yarn balls for each sections of the upcycled sweater. These yarn balls are then hand washed, dried and combed out.
Yanjaa, with experience in knitwear, creates a digitized knitting pattern, then knits with the prepared upcycled cashmere yarns.