My Pure Kid Mohair Story

Angora goats produce a beautiful luxurious incredibly durable fibre called mohair which rates amongst the warmest natural fibres known to man. It is a fibre that is justifiably recognised worldwide as the one fibre that ultimately enhances luxury products.

The fine kid mohair, or baby mohair is the softest and finest of the mohair qualities, shorn from the fleece of the young angora goat. It is lighter in weight and can be worn throughout the year, although it has exceptional insulation properties for the cold winter months.

My first collection of knitted scarves and throws is produced entirely from the fine kid mohair yarn. The pure kid fibre is so soft, that during the spinning process, the polyamide fibre is added, to bind the yarn. The resultant yarn composition is 80% pure kid mohair 20% polyamide
All my raw material is locally sourced from fair trade producers in South Africa.  More than 60% of total world production of mohair is produced in the South African Karoo .

Mohair is a strong, lustrous fibre that makes an ideal yarn and fabric. It drapes well and resists wrinkling or shrinking. It is stronger and warmer than wool, keeping heat in during cold weather and is a barrier against hot summer temperatures. Mohair isn’t “itchy” because it doesn’t have scales like wool. It accepts dye with an exuberance that is unparalleled. Natural coloured mohair has variations of shades that are exceptionally beautiful.

Mohair has several unique properties that are not found in any other animal fibre

  • Insulating – Mohair’s hollow fibres do not conduct heat like wool and provides good insulation, even when wet.
  • Durability – Mohair can be twisted and bent without damage to the fibre; it is the most durable of animal fibres.
  • Comfort – Mohair does not irritate the skin, even for people who are sensitive to wool.
  • Strength – Mohair is stronger than steel of the same diameter.
  • Shrink resistance – Mohair fabrics shrink much less than wool because mohair’s smooth fibres do not felt.
  • Elasticity – Mohair is very elastic; it can be stretched up to 30%, and will spring back to shape; mohair garments resist wrinkling, stretching, or sagging.
  • Moisture transfer – Mohair easily absorbs and releases moisture, moving perspiration away from the skin. It is comfortable to wear in cold and hot weather.
  • Lustre – One of mohair’s most important qualities is its ability to take dye and to display brilliant colours that resist fading by time or hard ware.
  • Lightweight – Mohair’s smooth fibres can be made into fabrics that have a cooling effect. It is ideal for summer garments.
  • Non-flammability – Mohair will not burn unless it is exposed to a direct flame.
  • Easy to Wash – Mohair is easy to wash because it doesn’t felt or shrink like wool

How to care for your kid mohair knitwear – Depending on how often you use your knitwear piece , this may require washing periodically.  This is very simple. Hand wash in luke warm water with a small amount of mild detergent or soap.  Do not rub or agitate unduly, if possible let the dirt soak out. Rinse in luke warm water, and add a small amount of fabric softener for superior results, drain and hang up to dry (because mohair has a different structure to wool, you will find it dries quite quickly) My products can also be dry-cleaned

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