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from mongolia to you - and back again

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My name is Ewen. In 2016, I travelled from Australia to Switzerland without flying. On the way I met Bataa Chunt, who helped me buy a small, 30-year-old motorcycle in Mongolia. I then rode across the country and wrote a book about the experience.

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To prepare for the journey, Bataa took me to the market in Ulaanbaatar to buy equipment, including yak wool socks and gloves. As I crossed the country, I noticed how well these clothes stood up to snow, wind, rain, river crossings and the wear and tear of cross-country motorcycling.

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When blended with polyester, the result is a fabric that is as soft and smooth as cashmere, more breathable than Merino, and with better heat retention and durability. It is also anti-bacterial, machine-washable, and as comfortable as anything you've ever worn.

 

Bataa and I now work together to bring these remarkable fabrics into the world market. Yaktivewear was founded in 2020 and follows a model of sustainable business - we buy directly from herders, manufacture locally, and donate 15% of our earnings back into the country.

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Developing and selling our fabric is just the first step. Ultimately, we want to do what we can to help Mongolia build an ethical and sustainable premium textile industry - one that can protect the environment and sustain people's livelihoods.

Hero image courtesy of Bolatbek Gabiden.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia | Sydney, Australia