Mohair

The fleece from Angora goats is called mohair.  Some of the characteristics of mohair are:

  • Luster. Mohair has a beautiful luster which sets it apart from other natural fibres
  • Strong and long wearing.
  • Warm and soft

Products

Fine mohair can be spun and used in much the same way as wool is used either for knitting, crochet or weaving.

Contrary to popular opinion, mohair can be spun by itself.  However, it combines well with wool, alpaca and silk.  Wool will give it some bounce. When spun in combination with wool it makes the yarn more hard wearing.

Mohair can also be used as dolls hair.

As an animal ages, its mohair becomes coarser.  This coarser mohair can be used in weaving and felting.  It can also be used as stuffing in cushions and doonas.

Angora goats are usually shorn twice a year.