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WHAT TO DO IN MONGOLIA. 14. TO HAVE SHOPPING IN A CASHMERE SHOPS

Blog | published: 2019-02-11

14TH THING YOU SHOULD DO IN MONGOLIA IS TO HAVE SHOPPING IN CASHMERE SHOPS   

Blue Mongolia Tour agency names the one of the unique things to do in Mongolia is to do shopping in cashmere shops.

Mongolia produces a third of the global supply of cashmere, as making up 40 percent of the country's non-mineral exports. Mongolia produced more than 7,000 tons of cashmere in 2015, the last year on record. Mongolia's nomadic herders have herding and increasing of goats. In this way herders' income from cashmere goats with other animals that carry the promise of high revenue, like yaks and camels, is increasing now. In the past, they relied on cows, sheep, camels and yaks to make a living instead.

The harsh geography of this area means that only a very limited number of goats are combed by hand every spring. To make an average-sized sweater, you will need wool from approximately 4 adult goats. In fact, cashmere fibers are six times finer than strands of human hair. Yak wool and the hair from a baby camel have fibers that are just as fine as the wool from a cashmere goat. If a baby camel's hair is combed early in its life, its hair is much finer than a cashmere goat

Almost all cashmere sourced from Mongolia is organic and natural. There are more than 10 cashmere factories in Ulaanbaatar city, which manufactures natural soft high standard clothes from cashmere. These factories Gobi, Altai, Buyan, Evseg, Bodio, Naadam and so many factories produce cashmere clothes, cashmere rolls, cashmere outdoor camping equipment from goat and camels’ cashmere and yak and sheep wools. These factories products are rich in selection of sizes, designs, colors and softiness.  

When you are traveling in Ulaanbaatar, it is recommended to have shopping in cashmere shops and to buy some cashmere products as gifts for your beloved ones.  It's well known that cashmere should not be put in the washing machine. We recommend baby shampoo, it works like a charm! Use lukewarm water, gently swirl your sweater, and let it soak for up to 30 minutes. To dry, the trick is to lay out your sweater on a bath towel and gently roll the sweater in the towel, absorbing all the water in a cashmere sushi roll of sorts.

Pilling and shrinking are a natural occurrence in cashmere and is usually caused by friction and soaking in water. A seat belt, purse strap, or even the synthetic lining of a jacket can all contribute to be pilled. Persistent pilling happens when lower quality manufacturers use short fibers

Narrated by Blue Mongolia tour team

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