Mohair is fiber from an Angora goat, an animal that grows an unusually strong and resilient hair. Kid Mohair comes from the first shearing of the youngest
animals. The fiber is strong and lustrous, warmer than
wool and a barrier against hot summer temperatures. It drapes well, resists wrinkling and is
superlight with a lot of loft. The kid mohair is much thinner and much softer than regular mohair.
WHAT IS ALPACA?
Since ancient times, the South American Andes Mountains have been the ancestral home to the
prized alpaca. Their fleece was cherished by members of the Incan civilization (referred to as
"The Fiber of the Gods"), and graceful herds of alpaca roamed their lush foothills and
mountainous pastures. In the 17th century, Spanish conquistadors killed a large part of both the
Inca and alpaca populations, forcing the retreating survivors to seek refuge in the high
mountain plains where the high altitude and harsh landscape ensured only the hardiest of these
creatures survived. Today's best bloodlines have provided a gene pool producing hardy, agile
animals with dense, high quality fiber.
As a cold climate animal Alpacas develop a coat with microscopic air pockets. This yields a high
insulation value for light weight but warm garments. Alpaca fabrics are unusually easy to care
for and long-lived. In ancient Peru, alpaca garments were itemized in wills!
Alpacas are shorn for their wonderful fleece each year, which will produce 5 to 10 pounds of
soft, warm fiber that is turned into the most luxurious garments in the world.
Most of the alpaca I use is blended with microfibers. This is done for two reasons: a) greatly increased softness, and b) the resultant yarn holds its shape much better (100% alpaca is quite heavy and tends to stretch and stretch, until your sweater becomes a nightgown...)