What is Mohair and Alpaca?

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Picture from Northland Age. Angora Goat

Mohair is long silky hair of the Angora Goat. It is similar to Wool but without the irritation. Properties are Great Insulating, even when wet, Durability, Comfortability, Strength, Shrink Resistance, Elasticity, Takes Moisture away from the body, Lightweight and you can get great colours that don't fade over time.

Cleaning Mohair:

1. Soak in a tepid Water with Wool detergent.
2. Gently agitate by Hand.
3. Gently rinse out and spin to get rid of excess water.
4. Hang over a line or dry flat. Once dry give a brisk shake or brush (with hair brush) to restore the pile.
5. Do not Tumble Dry.
Only Dry Clean with an agent that is used to Mohair.

alpaca, thisnzlife.co.nz/learn-basics-alpaca-farming-new-zealand/

 

Alpaca comes from Camels and are cousins of the Ilamas. They developed thousands of years ago with very fine hair, with softness, strength, length and warmth. This has been caused by the harsh environment and elevation that the Alpaca originated in the Andes Mountain Range, South America.

Alpaca fibre is a hollow fibre with makes it a natural insulator. Unlike Sheep it has no Lanolin and the composition of the fibre with no cuticle which is great for a natural Hypoallergenic. 

Cleaning Alpaca:

1. Soak in a tepid Water with Wool detergent.
2. Gently agitate by Hand.
3. Gently rinse out and spin to get rid of excess water.
4. Hang over a line or dry flat. 
5. Do not Tumble Dry.
Only Dry Clean with an agent that is used to Alpaca.

 


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