Yesterday I went along with some 20 fellow members of the International Women's Assn. of Mongolia to a behind-the-scenes tour of Gobi Cashmere!!
But after 10+ years of "collecting" ;) Gobi cashmere, I had never been to that building. Where it's actually made. Until yesterday.
The tour was CRAZY COOL.
The place was massive and busy as a beehive.
My silly pictures don't do it justice. ...and speaking of pictures...If I had any doubt that phone pics are NOT as good as my old Sony point & shoot camera, I doubt no more. (OK, I have a iPhone 4S and we were a group of 20 being herded along pretty fast) Still, I'm so glad I replaced my camera on the way back to Mongolia. However, I forgot to take it along on the tour. Grr.
Stage One: picking out all the straw, poop, etc.
|The grades of and natural colors of the cashmere|
|Despite all the machines, a lot of hands-on still required|
The room where I would find my husband in a different place & time :) Mr. Fix All The Machines is stuffed into this windowless room. He gave me all smiles--he seems very happy in his work. That's a Gift.
Here's where garments are made to hang on the showroom racks and also made-to-measure orders are filled.
On to the Room Where They Make the Fabric (didn't catch the name :/) It seemed like the center of the hive to me. A blur of activity.
Look at this--she is hand setting the loom to make the b/w cashmere fabric
The Dying Room:
Resulting in a bunch of colors
The Finishing Room.
Amazing color & texture
|This lady is straightening the grain and then trimming scarves|
|Someone has transformed a Soviet manikin--ha ha! Still...we're all being watched...right?|