2009, Fleece Grading. Adding to the bale - really fantastic Lot.
Angora Rabbit and Angora Goat are not two related animals. If the fiber from the Angora Rabbit is called Angora, the fiber from the Angora Goat is known as Mohair. The love for mohair turns these lustrous goat coats into wonderful fleeces, sweaters, scarves and socks that are light, soft and comfortable, but which also keep warm to those who wear the mohair products.
Most Angora Goats have only secondary hairs, when most goats have two kinds of hair: short secondary curly hairs and long primary hairs. Angora Goats’ hairs are closely packed and grow longer and they are called mohair. Primary hairs are known as kemp and it is undesirable, but very few Angoras will have such hairs. Mohair grows at a rate of about one inch per month and, as a consequence, Angora Goats’ coats are sheared twice a year. These silky goats can produce between 10 and 16 pounds of mohair per year.
Many beautiful products can be obtained from Angora mohair. Baby clothing and baby blankets are usually obtained from the first clip, which is the first shearing of an Angora Goat and it is extremely soft and silky. Because it is flame-resistant and has high sound absorbency, mohair is ideal for public spaces such as offices, hotel lobbies, theatres and symphony halls. Rugs, carpets, wigs, paint rollers, slippers, lounging boots, children toys – all of these can be produced with Angora mohair.
Mohair is an all-season fibre. Gorgeous warm knits and wovens can be worn in cold weather, while the lightweight structures are suitable for warmer days. Rich tweeds, lofty fleeces and frothy knits will keep you warm and enrich your wardrobe if you love mohair. Wear a stylish hat or scarf made of mohair and you will always be in the spotlight!
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