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Mohair - The
The word mohair is derived from the Arabic meaning "choice" or "select."
Angora goats produce a beautiful luxurious incredibly durable fiber called mohair which rates amongst the warmest natural fibers known to man. It is a fiber that is justifiably recognized worldwide as the one fiber that ultimately enhances luxury products.
Mohair has several unique properties that are not found in any other animal fiber
· Insulating - Mohair's hollow fibers do not conduct heat like wool and provides good insulation, even when wet.
· Durability - Mohair can be twisted and bent without damage to the fibre; it is the most durable of animal fibers.
· Comfort - Mohair does not irritate the skin, even for people who are sensitive to wool.
· Strength - Mohair is stronger than steel of the same diameter.
· Shrink resistance - Mohair fabrics shrink much less than wool because mohair's smooth fibers do not felt.
· Elasticity - Mohair is very elastic; it can be stretched up to 30%, and will spring back to shape; mohair garments resist wrinkling, stretching, or sagging.
· Moisture transfer - Mohair easily absorbs and releases moisture, moving perspiration away from the skin. It is comfortable to wear in cold and hot weather.
· Luster - One of mohair's most important qualities is its ability to take dye and to display brilliant colors that resist fading by time or hard wear.
· Lightweight - Mohair's smooth fibers can be made into fabrics that have a cooling effect. It is ideal for summer garments.
· Non-flammability - Mohair will not burn unless it is exposed to a direct flame.
· Easy to Wash - Mohair is easy to wash because it doesn't felt or shrink like wool. In normal circumstances the most regularly required care will be brushing the pile (the fluff) with a stiff hairbrush. Depending on how you use it your blanket will require washing periodically. This too is very simple. Hand wash in tepid water with a small amount of detergent or soap powder. Do not rub or agitate unduly, if possible let the dirt soak out. Drain, and then rinse in clean cold water. Rinse a second time in tepid water, and add a small amount of fabric softener for superior results, drain and hang up to dry (because mohair has a different structure to wool, you will find it dries quite quickly) followed by a brisk brush to fluff it up.