Mohair is a wool-like textile fibre produced as a "simple" fleece on angora goats. The Angora breed originated in what is now Turkey. Like wool, mohair is a protein fibre. The distinctive properties of mohair have made it a highly-sought fibre down the centuries for both clothing and home furnishings. Its soft luxurious feel and rich lustre combine with great durability for a long-lasting product. Mohair is valued for its flame resistance. Through the ages the appeal of mohair has continued, adapting to the times with new and exciting fabric and style interpretations.
Key features of Mohair:
- Microns: 23 - 38
- Colour: shades of grey, brown, black, red and white as dominant
- Staple length: 5 - 15 cm
- Harvest: 3-4 kg per goat each year (grows 2 cm per month)
- Harvest period: clipped twice yearly, spring and fall
- Habitat: Tibet, 16th century to Turkey
- Hollow fibre does not conduct heat like wool
- Easily absorbs and releases moisture
- Smoother and shrinks less than wool
- Very durable
- Can absorb 30% of its weight in moisture vapour and then releases this into the air
- Stronger than steel of the same diameter
- Excellent insulation, even when wet
Steeped in history, forever in tune with a changing world, the mohair fibre exemplifies the everlasting appeal of beauty and quality. Mohair, the lustrous, long and strong hair of the Angora goat, enhances modern fabrics of today as it did the robes of biblical wise men.