After Jan-Paul Barnard first saw an Angora goat with its kiss-curls known as
mohair he decided that he was going to spend his productive working years in
Alicedale, a small tree lined village in the arid Eastern Cape in South
Africa. After some research he started constructing the first hand spinning
and hand weaving equipment from packing cases - innovative equipment that
later produced a range of luxurious mohair products.
From humble beginnings the enterprise grew into a chain of showrooms
in all major South African cities and an overseas export market. For many
decades his unique, tailor-made curtains set the tone in South African
interiors. Thousands of private homes, hotels, golf clubs, embassies, mining
houses’ boardrooms and theaters sported his unique and beautiful curtains,
blankets and throws.