Mohair comes from the Angora goat, taking their name from the Turkish city, Ankara where the animal originated. From the 16th century, export of the goats was permitted, and gradually more and more countries started to produce mohair. Today, South Africa accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s mohair production.
Mohair has a high lustre and holds dye incredibly well resulting in vibrant colours.
Mohair fibres have a relatively smooth surface compared to wool, meaning that mohair is softer to the touch and is less likely to have a prickly feeling on the skin that sheep’s wool can have. The fineness of mohair fibre changes as the goat grows older, the finest being kid mohair, evolving to goatling and then adult mohair. The finer hair from younger goats is the most desirable and it is this which we use for our knitwear and accessories. Mohair has a high lustre and holds dye incredibly well resulting in vibrant colours.
Mohair is one of the most durable of animal fibres, which can be shaped and twisted without causing any damage and doesn’t crease easily. It is warm in winter and cool in summer due to its heat regulating properties providing good insulation even when wet. It is also naturally flame-resistant.