The Company

The House of Tengri is a London-based design house, building a new global community to bring sustainable fibres to the forefront of the textile industry and redefine the norm in luxury. 

Tengri Noble Yarns and fabrics are created from ancient natural fibres, sustainably sourced via a 100% transparent supply chain from remote parts of the world. These natural fibres are selected for their superior natural qualities, including warmth, luxurious hand-feel and hypoallergenic nature. 

Tengri’s regenerative approach helps to preserve remote landscapes, protect wildlife, and support indigenous communities threatened by rapid industrialisation and land degradation. 

R&D Focus 

Through the BFTT creative R&D project, Tengri explored and codified existing UK heritage manufacturing techniques and new technologies that could be applicable to the creation of nonwovens from yarn production bio-waste. The project supported in-depth research, development, testing and production with UK-based industry partners. 


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Alice Timmis

R&D Project Lead


A highly skilled weaver, Alice’s career spans textile design, manufacture, R&D and consultancy working with yarn, trend, fashion and interior industries and education. Since completing her masters at the Royal College of Art (RCA), Alice has founded an award-winning textile practise collaborating with international clients and European mills. Her passion for craft inspires her to develop commercial woven and non-woven fabrics through a process of handiwork that doesn’t get lost in the stages of industrial manufacture. Extensive experience working with the textile supply chain has led Alice onto sustainable research projects, eliminating pre-consumer textile waste and developing it into fabrics suitable for market.

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Nancy Johnston

R&D Company Lead

Tengri Ltd

Nancy Johnston is the Founder of Tengri, a London-based design house and social business specialising in natural and sustainable products. An influential force for sustainability in the luxury goods sector, Nancy is responsible for a powerful and disruptive business model, making positive change for good in the consumer supply chain, spanning fashion, textiles and interiors. A dynamic strategist, creative systems-thinker and materials innovator, she has in-depth and substantial experience in engaging multi-sector partnerships across commercial, non-profit and government sectors, designing circular and sustainable supply chains, integrated consumer-facing marketing campaigns and natural materials innovation and products.

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Prof Veronika Kapsali

R&D Academic Mentor


Veronika is a Reader in Material Technology and Design at LCF where she is developing novel biomimetic approaches to design and innovation of Active Material Systems within the textile industry that intersect biology, material engineering and textile design. Veronika is an LCF graduate who was awarded a PhD scholarship to study engineering design at Bath University. Her practice intersects academic and manufacturing sectors both within her role as Reader and as co-director of MMT Textiles Limited and inventor of INOTEK TM (an award winning biomimetic textile platform that draws on ambient moisture to trigger reversible mechanical changes in the fabric structure, typically for advanced moisture and insulation management). Veronika is also a bestselling author in industrial design and consults extensively with private and public organisations in material science, textile technology, functional apparel and fashiontech.