Yaks are usually associated with dark colors; I even coined one called ‘Yak Black’. A herd of yaks from the distance is a splatter of black dots on green, or ocre, or yellow, depending on the season and the shade of the pasture. When we began to work with yak wool, we noticed that many people turned away from it for the dark shades of its wool. Bleaching was against our principles, so we turned to grey yaks, which are rare, but gave us an opportunity for brighter colors.
White yaks are not completely white; when we buy the wool and mix it, the shade is a little different every year, reflecting that of the overall herd. One of our clients had named the color of their felted hat ‘ciment’ to discover later, with the new batch, that it was more like ‘mastic’.