Yakity yak, Tengri's back!
Date: 19th Jan 2018
Textile students welcomed back CEO of luxury lifestyle brand Tengri this week and are now hoping some of their work may make it into future projects at Tengri.
Nancy Johnston, founder of London-based Tengri, visited some of Buckinghamshire New University's second-year BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design on yesterday (18 January) to look at their work using luxury yak fibre.
Tengri was born while Nancy was travelling and staying with yak herder families in Mongolia. She became fascinated by the relationship between people, animals and the land.
The label’s social objective is to introduce yak into the fashion and textile industry with the aim to support the nomadic community halfway around the world, who supply the fibres.
Yak is a sustainable alternative to cashmere, it helps a whole community thrive and therefore protects the environment.
Students were set the task of working with the yak fibre to create knitted swatches using a variety of techniques.
Nancy, who also worked with Bucks students last year, said: “I’m so impressed with the students work.
“I’m always amazed at how they are able to translate a concept, take the brief and create a concept within their own personal journey. Then there’s the next step of actually translating that concept technically with a very limited material. We saw some really great work here today.”
Bucks students, across its many degree subjects, often work with live briefs from industry. It’s these partnerships which fulfil the University’s commitment to bring the real world to students so they are ready for the world of work.
Nancy added: “The industry academic partnership is a mutual learning process. The students get a challenging brief and are able to have real-life industry experience, and for me it nice to share the challenges I’m facing and have the students problem solve. So I’m also learning.”
Zoe Miller, Pathway Leader Knit BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design, said: "It’s been really great to work with Tengri again and continue to build our relationship. The students have really engaged with what is quite a challenging brief in terms of colour and fibre. The outcomes have been very inventive and experimental."