When it comes to wool products, most individuals would like to think that wool only comes from sheep. However, sheep are not the only creatures that produce wool. Its sister species, the goat, has been known to produce a fine wool coat. You probably have heard of cashmere but not of mohair. Both come from goats, the Cashmere and Angora goats respectively.
Mohair wool has a number of properties that make it resemble sheep wool. Just like wool, Mohair wool is known for its durability, dirt-repelling as well as moisture absorbing properties. Moreover, mohair is also known for its flame-resistant properties. While it is slightly thicker than normal wool, mohair wool has greater tensile strength than the latter and is also known to be extremely crease-resistant. It is for this reason that mohair is added to other blends.
Mohair is known for being exceedingly warm and lightweight. Various properties such as the wool’s silkiness and lengths have been known to vary depending on the breed that the mohair wool was retrieved from. Just like wool, mohair has a natural grease which can be quite hard to remove. In fact, it is considered harder to remove when compared to sheep’s wool.
In terms of durability, mohair is slightly less durable than wool despite having long fibers. As such, mohair wool is often blended with other fibers such as nylon or wool to add a little strength. Since it is similar to wool, mohair has scales which are smaller and only slightly developed. As such, mohair wool does not felt as easily as normal wool does. This also makes it smoother to the touch and it reflects more light which gives a subtle luster. The fiber from which the wool is spun grows with the goat. Fine fibers may be retrieved from young kid goats which is the preference for designers when making mohair fabrics.
Fabrics made from mohair wool are lighter and stiffer than those made from normal wool. As such, mohair fabrics have a very sharp, tailored look that is best for summer wear. Considered a luxury fiber, mohair fabrics are considered the ideal choice for special occasions including weddings, evening dates and dinners.
When washing or handling products made from mohair wool, you should carefully read the instructions to know the proper way to handle the product. In most cases, you can hand wash mohair fabrics. Avoid using bleaching agents as they can discolor the wool. Try using just a bit of hair conditioner in the rinse water for extra softness. Avoid wringing or twisting fabrics made from mohair. Finally, mohair is known for its characteristic “halo” which occurs when it is brushed. Simply brush the fabric to give it that extra fluffiness.