While travelling around South Africa with the #MeetSouthAfrica 2014 campaign, I learned some interesting things about mohair. Did you know that the mohair wool comes from a goat? The Angora goats originate in the Himalayas, in Tibet to be more exact. They were introduced to South Africa by colonel John Henderson in 1838, and have thrived in the Karoo region ever since. So much, in fact, that South Africa is the world’s largest producer of mohair, accounting for up to 70% of total production!
Mohair is one of the world’s most exclusive natural fiber, and is often referred to as the “noble fibre” because of its luster, warm resilience and ability to hold brilliant colours. At Hinterveld, just outside Port Elizabeth, you can learn everything there is to know about this amazing material and see the fibre being transformed from raw wool to the final products. Then there is, of course, the shop!