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        ..Choose 6 skeins in your favorite color and quality for your favorite sweater pattern!...


 Hi, we are Alessandra and Coty, the co-founders of Nomadnoos  a luxurious yarn brand with a mission.

With our brand we propose beautiful soft yarns and we create awareness and change the approach to fashion, which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, particularly focusing on sustainability.  

Both coming from different directions, our path crossed in the Swiss mountains, and brought us to Mongolia and Nepal. 

By creating the Nomadnoos brand, we want  to show that it is possible to deliver a beautiful yarn which add value to your own hand knitting or crochet project. Nomadnoos creates value while proposing hand spun sustainably sourced yarns  while following the Slow Fashion principles. We integrate transparency and produce yarns that will last and values the fair treatment of people, animals, and our planet. 

When you are selecting your knitting project and start to cast on, you also take your time right? Our yarns are made in the same way. We follow the seasons and source with respect for the environment and the animals. We only use animals which are not degrading the environment and we work only with nomads who respect their rangeland. 

Yak and camels are losing their warm winter hair in spring and that is the time our nomadic herders in Mongolia are starting to comb their animals. 

For our High Mountain Yak yarn, we work with nomads from the Khangay and Arkhangay area. It is a province 4 hours driving from Ulaan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.

Our Dry desert Camel yarn comes from the Gobi desert. From the capital, it takes at least 8 hours drive, much in the desert, where it is easy to get lost!

Our Smooth Sartuul Sheep yarn, comes from the Sartuul sheep, which is a special Mongolian breed with an extremely soft undercoat and a cashmere touch, comes from the province of Zavhkan.

After combing and selecting the best fibers they are brought to a factory in Ulaan Bator where they are washed and carded. Also here sustainability is integrated, the factory we work with recycles all his water and uses only environmental friendly soaps. 

The washed and carded fibers are shipped to Nepal where they are transformed in beautiful yarns by qualified spinners, spinning besides their household tasks. A spinner can spin 3 kg per month, which is approximatively 12 days of spinning. The salary we pay them is fair to pay and equivalent to the salary of one and a half month of working at a factory. In this way, we create jobs and empower women.  On a regular base, other women are trained and once they finish the training they can integrate our spinning team. 

The work is not finished yet! Dyeing is done by hand, and we use a dyeing brand following the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) standards. And also here, our dyeing workshop, even small, has water recycle plant. All dyeing water is recycled and reused for either sanitary usage or to water the vegetable garden. 

Our labels are made from Lokta paper, a paper hand made in Nepal, coming from the Daphne plant. On each label, you find all the information needed for your skein and also the name and the face of the spinner who made your yarn!  

With our project Nomad noos we aim to:

Help nomads to have additional incomes with other more sustainable fibers as our yak and camel and sheep fiber and be less dependent on cashmere fibers that way we help them to preserve their environment.

The life of a nomad is not easy, and more and more nomads abandon their way of life to live in the city. On the other hand often they sink in poverty because in town there is not enough work and in addition, there is great pollution of air. By buying our yarn you will support to keep alive this way of nomadic living and have a positive impact on the environment!

Empower women in Nepal by creating jobs. Increase the number of women in Nepal who spin and transform the fiber into Nomadnoos yarns according to our specifications. In Nepal is still a lot of poverty and often women are affected. By working for us, women can work at home or in a workshop, once they finish their household tasks, and increase their income and become financially more independent.With our fair pay, women will become financially more independent and can send their children to better schools and give them better food. 

The 15,000 francs we wish to collect with your help through this campaign will help us to implement the following activities:

  • Reserve the yak, camel and sheep fiber and pay the herders a down-payment in advance, which will help them to continue their nomadic lifestyle.
  • Create a cozy workspace in Nepal, Kathmandu where the women can spin while bringing their children. 
  • Test different spinning wheels in Nepal, in order to develop a more comfortable way of spinning

If we reach our goal, the adventure will only begin! By participating in this campaign you will join us in a long-term project that you will be able to follow step by step.

Become a part of our community and #Knit4good with our beautiful yarns!

Risks and challenges

Over the past 2 years, we have been carefully working with confirmed spinner trainers in Nepal to develop our first yarn collection and we defined the best quality for spinning.
Our spinning trainers are training women on a regular base and once they are on a level of spinning in "a run" 50 grams of regular handspun yarn, they can integrate our supply chain.
Our colors are following approved lab dips, but since the hair of the animals is not completely white, and we overdye our fibers, there can be a slight difference in colors from lot to lot. But we are carying lot numbers in order to give every customer skeins of the same color so that they will not have different shades in their product.

We have confidence in our herders and are familiar with the process and potential risks involved in this first phase of production. Meaning selecting the best fibers quality we need to have for our yarns.
Creating a product that is coming from different countries implementing environmental and social impact isn’t easy, there is always a way to improve and we are working hard on that!
We aim to stay transparent and share our story with our customers. We believe in creating and investing in value, the same as our customer is also creating value while knitting or crochet their own personal products!

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    Pledge CHF 15 or more About US$ 16

    Thank you card and bracelet

    Pledge 15 CHF or more and you will receive our Thank you card & bracelet
    1 CHF approx. 0,99 USD

    A BIG THANK for your support. We will send you our bracelet made by hand of recycled brass by qualified brass artisans in Nepal.
    A little knitting love goes a long way...

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    Beanie in High Mountain Yak_Kit

    You have understood, this Nomadnoos kit is certainly a gift as meaningful and fun to make!

    Our beanie, designed by the Swiss knitwear designer Butzeria keeps you warm, is so soft and made with our High mountain yak wool. Pledge for this Kit and you will receive a spreadsheet in where you can choose your color.

    Including in the kit: free beanie pattern//small Nomadnoos bag //1x 50 grams High Mountain Yak wool// Nomadnoos thank you card & bracelet

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    Nomadnoos Cosy & Soft 2 skeins KIT

    Pledge 60 CHF or more (1 CHF approx. 0,99 USD) and you will receive the 2 skeins of our beautiful High mountain yak or Dry dessert Camel quality in your favorite color

    Our beautiful yarns touch an array of personalities. Cast on mitts or a hat or a shawl/scarf.

    Includes 2 skeins of our High mountain yak quality or 2 skeins of our Dry dessert Camel quality. ( 1 skein = 50 grams = 240 meters)
    Color and quality selections to be made after the campaign ends

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    Pledge CHF 80 or more About US$ 81

    Lugano Shawl_small KIT

    When ordering this beautiful Lugano Shawl Kit, designed by Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre and to be knitted with our High Mountain Yak yarn, you will have not only to protect yourself for the chilly moments in spring and autumn but you also add value to the world!

    You will receive a spreadsheet where you can choose the color you like most!

    included in the kit: Free pattern//Nomadnoos small bag, 2x 50 grams High mountain yak-wool (color to define later)//Shipping costs included (Switzerland & Europe only).

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    Nomadnoos Cosy & Soft 3 skeins KIT

    Pledge 95 CHF or more (1 CHF approx. 0,99 USD) and you will receive the 3 skeins of our beautiful High mountain yak or Dry dessert Camel quality in your favorite color

    You would be able to knit a small short cardigan in a size small, medium, and possibly even a large?

    Includes 3 skeins of our High mountain yak quality or 3 skeins of our Dry dessert Camel quality. ( 1 skein = 50 grams = 240 meters)
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    Pledge CHF 100 or more About US$ 101

    Smooth Sartuul Sheep_ KIT

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!!
    Knit your favorite big shawl, cardigan or sweater in our Smooth Sartuul wool.
    This wool, coming from the undercoat of a special Mongolian sheep breed is extremely soft, you really should touch it!

    After pledging for this Kit you will receive a spreadsheet where you can choose your favorite quality and color!

    Included in the kit: 5 skeins of Smooth Sartuul sheep wool
    Shipping costs included (Switzerland & Europe only).

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    Pledge CHF 135 or more About US$ 137

    Lugano Shawl_small & Beanie KIT

    When ordering this beautiful Lugano Shawl & Beanie Kit, designed by Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre for the Shawl and by the Swiss knitwear designer Butzeria for the beanie, to be knitted with our High Mountain Yak yarn, you will have not only to protect yourself for the chilly moments in spring and autumn but you also add value to the world!

    (1 CHF approx. 0,99 USD)
    After the campaign, you will receive a spreadsheet where you can choose the color you like most!

    included in the kit: Free pattern//Nomadnoos small bag, 3x 50 grams High mountain yak-wool (color to define later)// Thank you card and bracelet //Shipping costs included (Switzerland & Europe only).

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    Pledge CHF 165 or more About US$ 167

    Flowers in my hair Shawl _KIT

    Pledge 165 CHF!!!

    Because such a treasure is even more precious when you make it yourself, you will receive at home the Nomadnoos, "Flowers in your hair" shawl kit in a nice bag including our "Thank you" card & bracelet and the link to the pattern created specially by Valentina Cosciani.

    Including the kit: free pattern // big Nomadnoos bag //3x 50 grams Dry dessert camel in color of your choice, and 3x50 Smooth satuul sheep in color in the color of your choice//Thank you card & bracelet.

    After pledging for this Kit you will receive a spreadsheet where you can choose your favorite color!

    Delivery charges included (Switzerland & Europe only)

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    Pledge CHF 190 or more About US$ 192

    Nomadnoos Cosy & Soft sweater KIT

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!!
    Do it yourself knitting is unique and Slow fashion all together! You will be able to knit your favorite sweater in our quality Dry desert Camel or in our quality High Mountain yak, for yourself or your best friend choosing whatever pattern, as a gift.

    After pledging for this Kit you will receive a spreadsheet where you can choose your favorite quality and color!

    Included in the kit: apart from the 6 skeins in either High Mountain yak or Dry desert Camel//, the Nomadnoos Big bag// the Thank you card & bracelet.
    Shipping costs included (Switzerland & Europe only).

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    Pledge CHF 290 or more About US$ 293

    Nomadnoos workshop in Florence_ Italy,

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!!
    Mark the date for this one day workshop:

    The 28th of September you will have the opportunity to meet in Florence, Italy, Valentina Cosciani, one of the most known Italian DIY knitwear designer! The workshop takes place at the beautiful Tatatà concept bookstore. The bookstore is based in Oltrarno, in the south of Florence, known for its rich history of craftsmanship.

    You will be the first to discover & cast on the pullover Valentina designed, especially for the workshop occasion with our Dry Desert Camel & Smooth Sartuul sheep yarn. She will explain in details and advice you how to knit it! Of course, we will provide you with all the necessary wool. After inscribing, you will receive a spreadsheet in where you can choose your preferred color combination.
    Included: workshop & pattern with Valentina, 6 skeins Dry desert Camel & 2 skeins of Smooth Sartuul sheep, the Nomad noos Big knitting bag, and our Thank you card & bracelet and of course lunch.

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    Nomadnoos workshop in Guethary-France

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!!
    The weekend of the 12 & 13 of October, take to opportunity to come with your best friend to a knitting weekend facilitated in the beautiful Basque country (South of France) in the fishermen village named Guethary.
    Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre, the most know Spanish knitwear designer will release the pattern of a new sweater during a two-day workshop, she made especially for this occasion with our High Mountain yak yarn. We invite you to join a cozy knitting workshop in the beautiful Balea hotel in Guethary situated at walking distance of the sea!

    Including: 2 days workshop with Lucia, 6 skeins of our High Mountain Yak ( a spread-sheet will be sent to you to choose your preferred color), Thank you card & bracelet, Nomadnoos bag, Saturday night hotel based on a two-person shared room (in case of a single room 50 CHF will be added), Saturday & Sunday lunch, Saturday dinner (all excl. drinks) & Sunday breakfast.

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    Pledge CHF 700 or more About US$ 706

    Nomadnoos yearly member!

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!!
    Want to knit the whole year around with our yarns?
    Pledge for the yearly membership: 5 patterns specially designed in our yarn to choose among the designs of different known knitwear designers, released (or to be released) during 2019:

    Isabel Kreamer (Pullover) Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (Shawl), Berengere - Lilofil (Sweater),
    Valentina Cosciani (Shawl), Sari Nordlund (scarf), Eri (Sweater), Alice Hammer(Shawl), Butzeria (Beannie), Audrey- Yarnflakes (Cardigan).

    Including the yearly membership: Our yarn for the patterns of your choice//5 free patterns to choose between the mentioned designers //Big and small Nomadnoos bag, Thank you card & bracelet.

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