Breed Review: Angora Goat

Origin:  Ankara, Turkey.  Archaeology indicates that the angora goat has been in that region since paleolithic times.  More than 50% of modern mohair comes from South Africa.

Diameter:  25-45 microns

Staple Length:  5-6 inches (12-15 cm)

Colors: Purebred angora goats produce white fiber.  However, colored goats have been in development since the 1990s.

Lock Characteristics:  Mohair locks grow in two ways, either flat or in ringlets.  Mohair with tight ringlets usually represents the finest fiber.  The fiber is also highly lustrous.

Average Fleece Weight: 11-17 lbs (5-8 kg)

Not to be confused with the angora rabbit, which produces angora fiber, the angora goat produces mohair.  Both animals originate from the same region of Ankara, Turkey.

Mohair is an example of a fiber which, though it has a higher micron count, it can actually feel very soft next to the skin.  When spun, it fuzzes up and the fiber shows high flexibility, adding to its softness.  Because mohair comes from a goat, it does not contain lanolin like most sheep wools do.

 


All breed reviews are written from a combination of personal experience, personal research, and from referencing the research of the below authors.  If you are interested in learning more about specific breeds, please check out these titles:
Ekarius, C. (2008). Storeys illustrated breed guide to sheep, goats, cattle and pigs: 163 breeds from common to rare. North Adams, MA: Storey.
Robson, D., & Ekarius, C. (2011). The fleece and fiber sourcebook. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.
Robson, D., & Ekarius, C. (2013). The field guide to fleece: 100 sheep breeds and how to use their fibers. North Adams, MA: Storey.
Smith, B. (2014). The spinners book of fleece. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
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