From Goat to Coat: A Cashmere Journey begins in the wilderness of the Mongolian Steppe, with the nomadic families who have mastered the art of cashmere herding over generations.
There are around 29 million cashmere goats in Mongolia, producing nearly 10,000 tonnes of raw fibre every year. These goats have been herded by nomadic families in the Mongolian countryside for centuries however, it wasn’t until the fall of the Soviet Union when the country’s cashmere herd began to grow to the size it is today. Now the world’s second-largest producer of cashmere, Mongolia’s industry employs over 100,000 people with a further 750,000 in herding. As the country’s population is around 3.3 million, that is almost a third of the country, so you can imagine the impact the industry has on the lives and wellbeing of those who call it work.
Those 750,000 herders live all over the countryside which is extremely bio-diverse. You can find yourself amongst vast grassy hills, forests, overwhelming mountain ranges and even desert in Mongolia and wherever there is grass to chomp, you’ll probably find a cashmere herd nearby