Our Mission & Vision
Welcome to Mohairblanket, online shop of Annette Oelofse Mohair and Wool Products.The business was founded in 1998 to promote mohair products produced in South-Africa. We offer a wide variety of mohair,wool and other natural fiber products,manufactured from natural fibers produced by our South-African farmers. Our farm stall also sell a wide range of hops, jams, Rooibos tea and wine to include more products from our local farmers.All our products are Proudly South-African and our mission is to be a showcase of local products for visitors from all over South-Africa and overseas.
Products include mohair blankets, socks and Merino wool slippers and medical skins and many handmade items such as scarves, beanies, jerseys, ponchos, gloves and baby products selling under the Twee Prinsies label, named after my twin grandsons Andreas and Frederik Please feel welcome to visit our outlets and become part of our world where Nature is a Lifestyle
Annette Oelofse Mohair Products offers excellent personal service to our clients and we can deliver our products worldwide.
What is Mohair?
Mohair is also called the diamond fibre. Lustrous, resilient and offering exceptional colour reflection, mohair has become a symbol of luxury and exclusivity.
Mohair is obtained from the Angora goat, sometimes confused with the angora yarn that comes from the angora rabbit while wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep. Mohair is one of the world’s most beautiful sustainable natural fibres.
South Africa is the biggest global producer of mohair, producing approximately 50% of the world’s mohair. Most of South Africa’s Angora goats are farmed in the Karoo area of the Eastern Cape.
Angora goats thrive in the Karoo, with its combination of hot, dry summers, cold winters and semi-desert vegetation. In the pursuit of perfection, their fleece has been refined through consistently high breeding standards and meticulous genetic selection. Angora goats are shorn twice a year and are not harmed in any way during the process.
This combination of best practice farming and best environment for Angora goats sets South Africa apart from other Mohair-producing countries. South African mohair is globally acknowledged as one of the finest natural fibres money can buy.
The added beauty of mohair is that it is a natural, renewable resource, providing a sustainable production chain between animal and human while contributing to the long-term prosperity of the Karoo region.
Production and Uses
Mohair is shorn from the goat without harming the animal. Shearing is done twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. One goat will produce 11 to 17 pounds (5–8 kg) of mohair a year. Shearing is done on a clean swept floor with extra care taken to keep the hair clean and free of debris. The hair is then processed to remove natural grease, dirt and vegetable matter. Mohair grows in uniform locks. Angora is a single-coat breed, and unlike pygora or cashmere, there is no need to dehair a mohair fleece to separate the coarse hair from the down hair.
Mohair is used in scarves, winter hats, suits, sweaters, coats, socks and home furnishing. Mohair fibre is also found in carpets, wall fabrics, craft yarns, and many other fabrics, and may be used as a substitute for fur. Because its texture resembles fine human hair, mohair is often used in making high grade doll wigs or in rooting customized dolls.
Mohair is also used in ‘climbing skins’ for Alpine Touring (AT) or randonnée equipment which is specifically designed for ski touring in steep terrain . The mohair is used in a carpet allowing the skier an appropriate ascension method without sliding downhill.
Mohair blankets will always loose some fluff.
I always wash mine in COLD WATER WITH HAIR SHAMPOO in a bath tub.
Do not: (it will shrink)
Wash it in a washing machine
Wash it hot water
Tumble dry it.
Do not rub or wring it,just move it around in the bath,pull out the plug and press out the excess water.
Wrinse it in cold water with about 50ml well desolved conditioner.Press out the most water as you can .
Put it in the washing machine,with the spin cycle on gentle and spin for a few seconds to get rid of excess water.
Hang the blanket on a washing line till dry.
Bush it lightly with a soft brush to remove some of the loose hair.
You can dip the brush in water with a little well dissolved fabric softner/condioner if you prefer the hair to be flat . Let it dry flat.
This process removes most of the loose fluff.