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a fascinating history
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Prince Albert is proud home to the oldest Angora stud in South
Our producers have consistently produced most of the world’s
highest quality clip, obtaining the highest prices for their mohair for the last
Local producers have brought the following prizes home to
Count Zegna Awards (Italy)
Daihdoh Champion Clips (Japan)
Miyuki Best prepared Clips (Japan)
SA National Fleece prizes
The rapidly expanding mohair industry provides much local
employment - shearers and classers from Prince Albert are sought after
throughout the Karoo. Local Angora goat farmers have hosted visitors from
all over the world and are involved in development and offer training and
shearing courses to interested parties.
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Did you know:
the SA cricket team has worn mohair socks for all their
matches for the last 6 years
the highest quality mohair in the world is produced in Cape
90% of mohair sold world-wide is Cape Mohair
the local market for mohair rugs and garments has grown
phenomenally during the last 5 years making Johannesburg the mohair consumer
capital of the world
Cape Mohair Holdings processes and manufactures garments
from South African mohair and hair from all other producer countries.
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Mohair farming in the Cape goes back nearly two centuries.
In 1837 a South African delegation managed to persuade the
Turkish authorities to allow them to import two Angora rams and a ewe to
establish the mohair industry here. When the goats arrived it was discovered
that the rams had been castrated in an attempt to prevent the development of a
rival market - but the ewe was pregnant with a male kid, a precarious start to
business. Over an extended period more goats were imported.
Angora goats thrived in the arid Karoo and Eastern Cape areas
and by the turn of the century mohair production was high - three times its
current level. World demand for mohair has always depended on fashion - changing
supply and demand created huge fluctuations in prices, seriously affecting
Extremely rigorous quality control; high standards in the
production and later in the processing and manufacturing spheres; creative
marketing strategies and a swing towards natural fibres have brought Cape Mohair
back to prominence in the world markets.
Today South Africa is the only reliable supplier of quality
mohair and is responsible for 60% of the world’s total production.
Karoo Looms -
Prince Albert's Weavery
The weavery and its retail shop based in the
old bioscope have lots to offer for the discerning buyer. From
rugs to homeware to exclusive clothing, farm products and lots more.
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Tel: 023 5411 016
local crafts, gifts and jewellery, Pure Cape and Cape
Mohair products, including super soft blankets, jerseys, beanies and socks. Click here for
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