Angora mohair is an amazingly strong durable fiber and has been widely used for centuries. It is what is called a protein fiber. It has strength enough that it's been used for clothes, spinning yarns, dolls, scarves, rugs, among so many other of it's uses.
Angora goats' mohair are several different colors from white's, browns, tans, reds, greys, black, and mixed colors as well. There are basically 4 different grades that it is sold in. Kid, yearling, fine adult (young adult) and adult. The older the goat gets, the thicker the strands of hair and also normally gets straighter. The texture and curl, or waviness of the hair has to do with age, but also care of the goat, and of course, genes.
Angora mohair is the closest you'll find to human hair as far as colors, and texture, and natural highlights. Many artists use angora mohair for rooting for reborn baby hair, OOAK dolls, Blythe dolls (rooting & rerooting), fairies, horse models, troll dolls, animal sculpts, felting, and spinning.
Most of the angora mohair I buy are from registered very well cared for animals, and champion show goats. But, the goat doesn't have to be a champion to have nice high quality hair. Not all goat owners show the mohair. Some just strictly breed and carefully raise their stock to make sure they have high quality mohair for their sales and are very careful to keep high quality hair in the bloodlines. I only buy from people who shear their goats and are not harmed in any way. I do not sell goat hides. I also have Angora goats of my own. So some of the hair you will see for sale is from my own stock. All of my angora goats are also from very carefully breed and proven quality stock.
Angora goats are usually shorn twice a year, usually spring and late summer or early fall. The mohair grows on average about 3/4"-1" a month. The average weight for a whole fleece is anywhere from about 3 lbs. to about 7 or 8 lbs.+, depending on how long the hair is and how big the goat is. Bucks are usually bigger than the does so of course they will have more hair. The goat is usually shorn when the hair is about 5"- 6" or so. Letting it get too long it gets too heavy on the goat, depending on how dense the hair is.
Well, in a big nutshell, I've told you a little about angora mohair.
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