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What is Mohair

Where does Mohair come from?

One of the most common asked questions we get asked here at Capricorn Mohair Socks is where does Mohair come from, or what is Mohair?

Mohair is one of the most prized natural fibres, it comes from the fleeces of Angora goats, mohair is a soft, silk-like textile. People often, incorrectly, refer to Mohair as a wool, but it is a hair, with it being this it has very different properties than the fleeces we shear from sheep.

What Is Mohair?

Some people call mohair the ‘diamond fibre’.

The diameter of the fibre increases with the age of the goat, and the thinner fibers from young goats are used more for clothing, like socks and sweaters, while the thicker, coarser fibres are used for carpets, upholstery (often used for aircraft seats), drapery fabric, and outerwear.

Mohair is more expensive than standard sheep’s wool because the production process is more involved, and as a result, it is considered a luxury fibre, similar to cashmere, but you will find Mohair is far harder wearing than Cashmere.

Which countries produce the majority of the Mohair?

Considered one of the oldest fibre textiles in existence, mohair originated in the mountains of Tibet, where the Angora goat originally lived.
The Angora goat was then introduced to Turkey in the sixteenth century, in the Turkish province of Ankara where the name “angora” comes from. Angora goats were farmed almost exclusively in Ankara until 1849, when the goat was given as a gift to a United States cotton farmer for his service helping Turkey cultivate cotton.

Today, the majority of mohair comes from South Africa, which is the largest farmer of angora goats and exporter of mohair. Other countries that are large producer of Mohair are Argentina, Turkey, and the U.S. state of Texas. To a lesser extent, Australia and New Zealand also produce and export mohair.

How Is Mohair Produced?

The shearing process on mohair farms takes place twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn. Traditional sheep just get shorn once a year, so this gives you an idea how quickly the Mohair grown on the Angora goats.
Once shown the fleece is cleaned, to get rid of any dirt, debris, and grease.Then the Mohair is spun into yarn, then in our case then knitted into Mohair Socks.

What are the main advantages of using Mohair to make socks out of?

  • Mohair fibre is moisture wicking and naturally flame retardant, therefore it pulls any moisture away from your foot.
  • As it has no ‘pits’ in in like wool it further holds no moisture, but it also makes it very hard wearing.
  • Mohair is very strong and durable.
  • Good for sensitive skin. Mohair is good for people with sensitive skin, as the wool is not as itchy as standard sheep’s wool.
  • Warm. Mohair is very warm while remaining light weight and is a great insulator.

Altogether Mohair has the ideal properties for knitting socks out of.

Christmas Shows 2019

As we approach Christmas 2019 you will find Capricorn Mohair Socks at a number of shows, please do come along and say hello. 16th November - Rothbury Craft Fair, Northumberland 21st – 24th November – Country Living Fair, Glasgow SECC 29th – 1st December – Durham Christmas Festival, Palace Green 14th Dec – Hexham Christmas Market, Town Centre It would be great to meet you, if you are unable to make a show please take a look at our Capricorn Mohair Socks online here.

Christmas Shows 2018

As we approach Christmas 2018 you will find Capricorn Mohair Socks at a number of shows, please do come along and say hello. 15th – 18th November – Country Living Fair, Glasgow SECC 24th – 25th November – Hexham Christmas Fair, Wentworth Sports Centre 30th Nov – 1st Dec – Durham Christmas Festival, Palace Green 7th- 8th Dec – Hexham Christmas Market, Town Centre

Where can you find Capricorn Mohair Socks as we approach Christmas 2018?

Some great feedback, many thanks

Heading into winter, sock weather is upon us with temperatures starting to dip. Now is the time to stock up with those warm cosy socks. Whether it be lounging around the house on a cold winter day, or for braving the cold wrapped up for outdoor activities, we have a pair of socks to suit your requirements. We are delighted with the feedback we have had regarding our new branding and website. It is always nice to hear positive things about our services and our products, but don’t just take our word for it, see below for some of our recent feedback and reviews. Should you have any questions about our socks then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Elayne Terrifically warm without being too bulky. I suffer from cold feet and I find that the Ayrshire sock also doubles as a terrific bed sock. You don’t need to keep them on in bed for too long just wait until your tootsie’s are like toast and then you can take them off!! Ayrshire socks - more here Steve I bought these socks for days when I was slobbing around the house and to keep me cosy in bed. They stay up well despite being loose top and I have been wearing them as a boot sock as I like them so much. I don't buy anything apart from mohair socks now as they are just so comfortable. I am diabetic and cannot stand seams that rub on my feet and toes. They are just as good as other more expensive UK brands and bigger and more accurate sizes than the ones I have bought from abroad. I love the colours as there is a good mix of more sober colours but also some brighter ones on days you just need a pick me up. I will certainly buy them again Sussex socks - more here Jo Bought a pair of Derbyshire socks to see what the fuss was about. They’ve exceeded my expectations: like walking on air; worn for a week and still smelling fresh; feet feel just the right temperature. I’m sad to take them off at the end of the day. All my other socks became tight, hot and heavy overnight—planning on replacing the lot with Capricorn socks. Worth every penny. Derbyshire socks - more here Stephen The very best sock I have ever worn in over forty years of outdoor activities—I have finally found the ideal socks for warm, comfortable, blister-free walking, cycling, sailing, microlight flying, and myriad other adventures. When the soft cushion effect of the loop pile stitch eventually fades after many hundreds of miles walking the socks remain warm and cosy for other activities. I am so pleased that Capricorn responded to our request to make purple socks—they are still our favourites, we have around 20 pairs in that colour and a few pairs in other colours, too. Derbyshire socks - more here Malcolm I was given a pair of these some 15 years ago, I have purchased many more pairs since they are so good. they are long lived, keep their shape and remain comfortable to wear. Cumbria Socks - more here