ADUU MAL is born from an extremely vulnerable natural environment where seasons can be hoarse. In this surrounding the value not to exhaust or waste is from tradition known to the people, and things given by nature are considered a wonderful gift.
Aduu Mal products are a treasure to cherish.
It's own specific characteristics
Leathers can be made in all types in endless variations. But a cow never becomes a goat and a horse is not a cow. ADUU MAL Horse leathers vary in thickness between 0,9-1,4 (not thicker). It has a special fine and tight grain structure and a good tear strength either when made into stiff standing leather or fluffy flexible leathers.
Aduu Mal horse leathers are useful for shoes, bags, jackets, accessories, and upholsteries.
Love to touch
The furry side of the Mongolian horses are enchanting. In Winter the hair can grow 1 to 2 centimeters in length, they have an attractive shine and a softness everybody loves to touch. The leather side is 2,0 mm thick. Suitable for interior, decoration on bags, shoes, boots and jackets. Kept in natural colors each coat-leather has its own character.
A natural shine
After a visit to the hairdresser, tail-and mane-hair can be used to make woven textiles, accessories for fashion, interior and brushes. Dark tail hairs are usually more thick, white hairs are relatively hard to get by. Special are the white lengthy tail hairs in use by violinists. The soft character of the manes give these less resilience and in average lengths are shorter. Short lengths of tail hair serve as a raw material for natural airy and resilient mattresses.
Horse hair yarn
Much still left to explore
We are indebted to Roufitex a former horse hair spinning factory in Roeselare, Belgium. As a family business they developed the technology for spinning the yarns by mixing these with cotton or cotton replacements. Today their machines are in use in our factory in Mongolia. Textiles made from these yarns are traditionally used hidden as lining but certainly new applications and yarn blends are waiting to be discovered to bring the beauty of this type of textile to the surface.
Other natural fibers and leathers from Mongolia
Aduu Mal support
We work closely with local cooperatives and herders who have other natural fibers and wool to offer. These can be supplied and included in our systematics of traceability and responsible animal husbandry. And if desired be processed by partner companies.
ADUU MAL places the herders and their natural surrounding at the core from which all expands: from sourcing to production to distribution, sales to end-users. The ADUU MAL protocol is for the full-chain embedded in our running application for ISO 45001 / Health & Safety, 14001 / Sustainability, 9001 / Quality management - 2021.
The economic well-being of the herders strongly correlates with the feasibility to preserve the natural divers eco-system. A healthy economic balance is required to be able to effectively ban hunting on rare speeches; to stop the incentive to ever enlarge livestock and mono-culture resulting in overgrazing and not necessarily more protein; and to create enough resilience to respond on climate change.
Adopting only "natural products" (what is natural?) in the process doesn't necessarily lead to a more sustainable approach. ADUU MAL has narrowed down its focus on the impact on waste management (non-toxic and as much biodegradable as possible) by the use of products from renewable resources, responsibly harvested. In practice this means avoiding; the use of metals; solvents from the petrochemic industry; use of PVC, PU acrylates and it requests being critical on the farm-origin of organic tanning and finishing agents.
Animals are raised within a typical pastoral "traditional" life-stock system. The horses live semi-wild as the have freedom to look for grazing areas up-to 40 km from the families homes. The cooperatives work together with local veterinarians on improving health monitoring systems to recognize illness, and manage water or food shortages in certain seasons. To secure a close and human relation between people and their animals they seek for a balance between the adoption of new technology and traditional methods.
In support of this ADUU MAL does not source from abattoirs and is determined to work with suppliers managing a divers life-stock of a responsible size.
Water & electricity
As processing takes place in a surrounding with annually increasing droughts, ADUU MAL is destined to limit the water usage to the utmost. Aside general methods for minimizing the waste residues in the water and enabling recycling ADUU MAL more fundamental adopted a for the water waste less harmful
technology using also significantly less water: it's free of the use of metals, reduces the use of sulfites, and reduces the use of salt by skipping the pickling process.
ADUU MAL's influence on the use of electricity is limited in managing the production time and process. As yet Aduu Mal is not in the position to organize an independent natural energy source.
Sustainability is part of an ongoing process and starts with a specific mind-set: the suggestion to be able to take possession and full control is the weakest link in a sustainable value chain. Nature is flexible and natural behaviour is responsive. ADUU MAL acts accordingly by staying aware, and stimulating transparency in communication amongst our workers, suppliers and partners.
As a company ownership is with us all and should be for the benefit of us all. ADUU MAL cares for feasibility, honesty and understanding.
ADUU MAL is proud to work with cooperatives that recognize the importance of educating young herders and actively initiate research.