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Mohair

Pronunciation: (moh-hair)

Mohair fiber comes from the angora goat, which originated in the Angora region of Turkey. But most production comes from South Africa and the United States.

The Angora goat grows long curly locks of fiber. This coat of fine fiber is collected once or twice per year, depending on the staple length desired by the harvester.

Mohair fibers range from 6 to 12 inches in length and come in many natural shades such as various reds, blacks and grays, in addition to pure white. The white takes dyes easily and holds them well.

It is a very smooth and strong fiber that does not felt as easily as wool. The fibers tend to stick out when felted in a wool blend yarn and display a fuzz effect. Mohair yarns tend to have the fuzz effect around the strand. They can be easily knitted into warm but very lightweight scarves, sweaters, hats and more.

Mohair has excellent durability and does not crease or wrinkle very easily. It is not a rare fiber but does cost more than typical wool yarns, mostly due to its being advertised as a premium fiber.

 

The Angora goats eat almost anything, including many weeds that other animals will not. And since they are disease resistant, growing them couldn't be easier, making them a good choice for people who want to raise their own.