South Africa produces the bulk of mohair in the world.
Angora goats flourish in the semi-arid Karoo regions of the Eastern Cape.
Astute farmers have learnt to breed out course kemp hair which has resulted
in Cape mohair being sought all over the world.
Farming with these delicate creatures is very demanding, as they have to be
protected against inclement weather, predators and disease.
Their hair grows very fast. Angoras are shorn every six months and provide
hair of approximately 75 mm long that is ideal for spinning a range of
special yarns. Some 52 different categories of hair are on sale at auctions
held in Port Elizabeth.