Help ! 100% yak is badly itchy


#1

Hello friends
I just got a pure yak wool shawl and its really itchy…
Please help me how to get rid of the problem.
Regards.


#2

I’ve no experience with yak yarn but I think I might try soaking it in water with hair conditioner. I’m sure it’s very expensive so I’d do some research about it first.


#3

Have you tried washing it according to the label directions? Use a good wool wash like Soak or Euclan and see if that helps. If not very dilute hair conditioner as GG suggested might help.


#4

I have soaked it in normal water with baby shampoo , later in vinegar mixed water lastly in hair conditioner mixed (80 ml in 8 lit water ) water. Though it is little more silky now with pleasant smeell but itchy too ( little less than precious ) .
Now please help me what to do .


#5

Could you line the shawl with a light material, a silk or light jersey?


#7

I’d go for the lining option. I’m a bit surprised cos I’ve made a shawl with 100% laceweight yak and it wasn’t at all itchy. Good luck!


#8

But it is little heavy handwoven gents shawl (2.7m x 1.35m , aprrox 800 gm ) .
Any suggestion to make it less itchy , at least usable on cotton thermal .


#9

You can try some of the above methods, but personally I don’t find that anything really helps to make a yarn not itchy to me. I’ve tried many different yarns/fibers and while I can knit with them (I’m not allergic) I just have to accept I can’t wear them. Hope something works for you.


#10

I got an idea to apply on it . Luffa sponge is applied on the Cashmere shawls during the finishing in Kashmir. Later it is washed in Ritha ( soap nut ) .Luffa sponge smooths it . Do not know how it is used .
If anyone know about it , may help me.