The angora goat produces mohair. They are small in size, and the fiber is long, curly, and lusterous.
• Natural, Animal Fiber
• Very durable
• Wrinkle and stretch-resistant
• Soil resistant
• Easy to dye
• Blends extremely well with other fibers
Types of Mohair
Kid Mohair fleece is the first shearing from a young angora goat. It is very fine and soft.
Goatling is the second shearing from a goat and is also fine and soft.
Adult Mohair is the fleece from the mature goat and can be both fine and coarse.
Spinning combed locks of mohair is similar to spinning wool. In most cases, it will need less twist than wool, so use a light tension. Because of the long staples, it is easier to spin, if you spin the fiber from the middle of the lock, instead of the end. To do so, take a lock of fiber and fold it in half over your forefinger, into a U shape. Hold the ends of the fibers in the palm of your hand. Draft the fibers from the center of the U shape and spin.
Spinning kid mohair is similar to spinning angora or merino wool. You can spin a soft, lofty yarn with plenty of elasticity with these following tips:
• Card lightly.
• Use a light tension on the wheel.
• Put more twist into the singles to keep the yarn strong when it is plied.
End Uses For Mohair
Mohair is a silky, lustrous, versatile and durable fiber, often used to make apparel such as, coats, suits, dresses, sweaters, accessories, loungewear, and socks. Miscellaneous items include: hair for dolls, beards for Santa Claus figures, blankets, upholstery, draperies, carpets and rugs.