AIAYU LLAMA

AIAYU LLAMA

In the Altiplano of Bolivia in altitudes that reach well over 4,000 metres high, about 2 million llamas live and breed. Providing one of nature’s most exquisite materials, despite the harsh climate and conditions.

Considered one of the highest quality and most durable wool in the world, the llama fibre has a structure that’s hollow and longer than other wools, making it long lasting and unlikely to pill. It’s also thermal and anti-allergenic.

Raw llama wool comes in 14 different natural colours. We use only the finest selection of the raw material, the longest and softest of the fibres. A llama is sheared once a year, yielding 2-3 kilos of raw wool, which is a mix of fine and coarse fibres. Out of 1 kilo of raw llama wool, only 300 grams are high quality enough to be used in our Aiayu llama wool collection. We strive to keep the wool in its most natural form and never treat our llama products with softeners or lanolin.

Our Aiayu llama products are designed to be worn and lived with for a long, long time.

They are made with love – and meant to be loved.

AIAYU COTTON

AIAYU COTTON

The cotton we use is a certified organic cotton. A super compact, Indian cotton. Super compact means only the highest ranked fibres are used. Organic cotton means the cotton plant has grown without the use of pesticides. India is known the world over for their high quality cotton and expertise in refining it.

Farmers in India have been growing cotton without harmful chemicals for years. Their yield is high and the quality of the organic cotton they grow is equal to if not better than conventionally grown cotton. Their methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. They actually improve the quality of the soil and often use less water. Growing organic cotton takes more time, knowledge and skills. But it’s worth it for you – and for our environment.

GOTS certified cotton guarantees that the raw material is grown organically and that the production of the final garment is processed organically and responsibly, as well. All our AIAYU cotton products are fully GOTS certified and made in 100% organic cotton fabrics.

Out of our respect for the natural beauty of organic cotton, with its comfort and crisp texture, we keep our Aiayu designs simple and timeless. So you can focus on the intrinsic appeal of the fabric and the feel.

They are made with love – and meant to be loved.

AIAYU YAK

AIAYU YAK

The Aiayu Yak lives in the remote areas of the Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet. An incredible creature living in climates and conditions very difficult to endure, well above 3,000 metres in altitude.

To insulate themselves from the extreme cold, Yaks have long shaggy hair with a dense wooly undercoat that can often reach the ground. Their shepherds have depended on them for centuries for their milk, wool, meat and as a form of transport across mountain passes.

Our Yak products are made from the Yak Khulu, which is the finest and softest fibre selection from the Yak. We keep the natural light brown colour of the Yak. Any form of refinement to the wool, from sorting to spinning and weaving is done by hand in Nepal. It takes a skilled spinner 1 month to spin 2 kilos of Yak wool, enough for 5 Aiayu Lahan shawls.

Still relatively unknown to the modern textile industry, Yak Khulu is mostly found in its natural form. Treated in the right way, it has a fantastic potential, because it’s as strong and warm as llama wool but as soft as cashmere.

We hope you enjoy the natural appeal and other amazing attributes of all our Aiayu Yak products.

They are made with love – and meant to be loved.

AIAYU CASHMERE

AIAYU CASHMERE

Aiayu cashmere comes from the goats that inhabit the highlands of Inner Mongolia. As pure cashmere, it’s the softest wool available but also very delicate, since the fibres are shorter than other wools, such as llama or merino.

Cashmere is a very fine selection of fibres from the inner hair of the Mongolian goat. In fact, 1 goat provides only 200 – 300 grams of pure cashmere a year, just enough for one medium weight sweater.

All Aiayu cashmere is refined in Nepal, where they have in-depth expertise in doing so. Some of our cashmere products are made by hand, others are machine made. It’s all part of our overall goal of preserving traditions and helping the challenged communities in Nepal.

Our hand spun cashmere products are crafted 100% by hand – from sorting to spinning, to weaving to dying – as the indigenous people of these regions have done for centuries. Here goats are a fundamental source of wool, milk and meat for locals, and are bred in their natural colours.

Our machine knitted cashmere essentials line is blended with linen to give the product extra strength and durability, while keeping the softness and look of the cashmere.

They are made with love – and meant to be loved.

AIAYU SCRAP

The textile industry is known for its abundant use of materials and waste. Typically, the process of making textiles and garments leads to leftover cuttings from production. Fabrics in a slightly wrong colour or clothing from a cancelled order. The amount of waste as a result can be immense.

At Aiayu we go to great lengths to avoid waste in our own production. In fact, we have established a zero waste programme in India for all our cotton products, where we recycle leftover cuttings and fabrics and use them to make small items like our tote bags and hang tags – as well as larger designs, such as our Raw Quilts and Raw Rugs.

A percentage of the profit from this programme is donated to a local school for challenged children in Agra, India called TEARS: Train, Educate and Rehabilitate Socially. It reflects our desire to give back to the country where our products originate. To demonstrate our respect for their people, their society and the environment at large.
With this in mind, we created our Aiayu organic cotton line.