Which animal hair is used to make the 'mohair' fabric or yarn?
The Angora goat is a breed of domesticated goat and historically known as Angora. It produces lustrous fibre known as 'mohair'; which is a silk-like fabric or yarn. It is both durable and resilient. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. It is warm in winter as it has excellent insulating properties while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture-wicking properties.
Mohair is considered to be a luxury fibre and is usually more expensive than wool from sheep. One Angora goat produces 11 to 17 pounds (5-8kg) of Mohair a year. South Africa is the world's largest 'mohair' producer (50%).
The Angora goat was thought to be originated from the mountains of Tibet, reaching Turkey in the 16th century. However, fabric made of 'mohair' was known in England as early as in the 8th century. Charles V was believed to be the first to bring Angora goat to Europe.
Mohair is used in scarves, winter hats, suits, sweaters, coats, socks, and home furnishing. It is often used in making high-grade doll wigs. Mohair is used in 'climbing skins' for random skiing and touring.