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Fashion Fabrics Spotlight

Yak is the New Black

StartUp Fashion Resource - Norla - Tibetan PlateauAlpaca? Nah. Lamb? Uh uh. Cashmere? Whatever. Yak? Absolutely!
Always on a quest for new advances in textile technology, I was excited to come across Norla, a company from the Tibetan Plateau, making rustically lovely accessories using the hair of this not-so-commonly-worn bovine. You may ask “What’s the big deal?” Well, according the web site, Yak weaves into fabrics of extreme warmth and durability while still maintaining a buttery soft hand; something we east coasters would love to wrap ourselves up in this time of year! The wool is then sorted, spun, and woven with traditional methods into fabrics, shawls, scarves, and throws. With the softness of cashmere and the strength of camel, I’m wondering how long it will take before we see the Yak make its New York Fashion Week debut. My guess, not so long.

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Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online community and support system for independent designers around the world. She’s a traveler, a weaver, and a foodie. A deep love for the craft of fashion pared with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION were she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!