- Habitat of Indian Yak is primarily in the upper reaches of Leh & Ladakh
- Down (<30 microns*): Down fiber is luxurious yak wool. It’s softness is comparable to Cashmere. Both the down and mid-type fibers are combed as the weather warms in spring and early summer. Because of it’s valuable properties, most of the down collected is used for high fashion apparel.
- Coarse (>30 microns): Coarse fiber is extremely strong, and is generally used by nomadic populations in Leh & Ladakh for weaving tents, rugs, bags .
Organic & Natural
- – SHEEP WOOL
- – YAK WOOL
- – CAMEL WOOL
- – CASHMERE PASHMINA
- – ERI SILK
Mojopanda Exim : manufacturing and export of wool and silk fibres and products since 2015 processed in accordance with Global Organic Standards (GOTS). Our core engagement has been sheep Wool from Himalayas (HIMALANA™) and Eri Silk from Assam – both of which are certified ORGANIC by CU Nederland and One Cert USA.
SHEEP WOOL certified organic
Our certified Merino sheep (Rambouillet origin) traverse through 55,629 Hectares of snow bound Himalayan pasture land at altitudes of 4000 metres and above in Bugyal territory, and are managed by 600 herders and breeders following traditional pastoral practices in rearing certified flock of 2,51,253 Rams, Ewes and lamb in Himachal and Uttaranchal states of India.
The Rambouillet sheep, a Merino cross breed domiciled in the upper snowbound regions of the Himalayas produces fine and medium coarse wool (22-28 micron) wool with similar properties like French Merino with a high bounce and crimp. Available in four natural shades and their blends of white, grey, brown and black – the herds are certified organic.
YAK WOOL conventional
CAMEL WOOL conventional
Bactrian Camel : a small population (150 un-confirmed) exist in the Nubra valley of Leh (125 Kms from Leh town via Khardungla Pass – 5359 m – alleged highest mountain road). Hundar 34°35’10″N 77°28’16″E has sand dunes (as in Jaisalmer) – 9 Kms from the district headquarters at Diskit. Mostly living in the wild, few have been domesticated catering to the tourist traffic. Average annual hair production is 2.5 – 4 Kg per animal. Breeding season is from January to March and shearing is done in June – July. Mainly foraging in the wild, they loose a lot of fibre / hair in the scrub forests. They also enter fenced orchards and are injured or killed by the farmers. Villagers drown the foals by driving them into the high currents of the Shayok river. The undercoat is very soft and an excellent insulator the guard coat may be used to make certain types of textiles, the undercoat is the portion of the Bactrian camel’s hair that is most commonly used to make apparel.
PASHMINA / CASHMERE conventional
Pashmina, popularly known as ‘Cashmere‘, is well known for its fineness, warmth, softness, desirable aesthetic value, elegance and timelessness in fashion. It is most luxurious, softer and warmer than superfine merino wool. Native to the Chanthangregion of Leh Ladakh we use pure pashmina or pashmina blends to make apparel yardage, stoles, scarves and body wear.
ERI SILK certified organic
Eri silk, also called Ahimsa silk or peace silk is a non-violent silk which does not require to kill the moth to extract the fiber. The moth leaves the cocoon after spinning and flies off. For this reason, eri silk is the preferred material of Buddhists and Vegans. Eri silk is reared in the tribal foothills of Northern Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and is one of the domesticated silkworm of Indian origin. The caterpillar Samia Cynthia racini feeds on wild castor leaves to produce a wooly soft and white silk fibre that is woven into what is often referred to as fabric of peace or non-violent of ahimsa silk since the cocoons are processed into fibres without killing the larvae. Mojopanda is currently the only organic certified source providing silk fibre, yarn and fabric in pure or wool silk blends. ALL our fibres or wool are sourced directly by us from farmers, breeders and herders and we meet with them throughout the year in their locations however remote, to bring to you the finest natural fibres through our strong ethical bonding and linkages silk.