Mohair the noble fibre
The fleece of the Angora goat, Mohair dates back thousands of years to the Tibetan Himalayas, from where the Angora originated.
South African Mohair is one of the world’s most exclusive natural fibers, with two centuries of refinement by the South African Mohair industry behind it.
The founding of the Mohair industry in South Africa was a stroke of good fortune after the Sultan of Turkey sent twelve infertile Angora rams and one ewe to South Africa in 1838. Unknown to the Sultan, the ewe was pregnant and gave birth to a ram kid. Thus establishing the first Angora breeding stock in South Africa.
These beautiful, gentle animals ultimately found their way to the Karoo region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where great flocks of Angoras are now farmed.
A natural, eco-friendly fibre
Angora goats are shorn twice a year and are not harmed in any way during the process. In the pursuit of perfection, the fleece has been refined through consistently high breeding standards and meticulous generic selection.
Angora goats thrive in the Karoo, with its combination of hot, dry summers, and cold winters and semi-desert vegetation.
This combination of best practice farming and best environment for Angora goats has set South Africa apart. South African Mohair is globally acknowledged as one of the finest natural fibers. The added beauty of Mohair is that it is a renewable, natural resource. It provides a sustainable production chain between animal and human and therefore contributes to the long term prosperity of the Karoo region in South Africa.
South African Mohair manufacturers maximise on the fibre’s unrivalled natural beauty, capitalising on its rare, natural qualities:
The fibre’s natural luster always gives the fabrics a silky sheen.
Mohair responds extremely well to dyes and retains even the most brilliant colours over time.
The luxurious Mohair fabric is very light in weight but feels substantial at the same.
Unique insulation properties
Cool in Summer and extremely warm in Winter: Mohair breathes – absorbing and releasing atmospheric moisture thereby controlling its own ‘climate’ to ensure optimal comfort.
Products made from Mohair have an innate elasticity, which ensures they hold their shape.
Because of its pliability mohair is rated as one of the world’s most durable natural fibers.
Mohair is virtually non-flammable, keeping you safe and chic all year around.