Mohair, an Anglicanized word derived from the Arabic mukhayyar; a type of haircloth, literally ‘choice’, from khayyara, ‘he chose’.
The mohair we produce today is the result of a 20 year breeding program that started with the purchase of our initial flock. We set out to breed goats that would grow kid grade mohair throughout their life. Kid grade hair is defined as being less than 30 microns in diameter. 30 microns is considered the upper level of what is commonly called the “itch factor” in the textile world. Currently approximately 90% of our adult age goats produce kid grade mohair.
Our goats are sheared twice a year – spring and fall. Each “clip” represents approximately 6 months of growth and is 5-6 inches in length. The most coveted of fiber, first clip kid mohair, is the fiber obtained the very first time a young goat is sheared.
In addition to micron diameter, two other characteristics are used to define the quality of mohair – – style and character. These two words refer to the “lock” or staple formation of the hair. In other words how much crimp and curl are present in the natural lock of hair. We raise goats with exceptional style and character. This trait produces those fine, beautifully curly locks that hand spinners love to use.
Mohair is a fiber dyer’s dream. It’s uptake of color and natural luster are comparable to silk. Warm and comfortable next to the skin, our mohair is the fiber of choice of crafters, knitters, and hand spinners.