Processing Angora Goat Mohair Wool

Uploaded by InSitemediaNZ on 27.10.2009

Design spun processes a wide range of mohair through from the young goat, or the kid through
the young goat and through the strong adult, it really depends what fibre is required for
what end product.
The young goat that I’ve got here is a current batch that we’ve been looking at during
a tour of the mill.
The scour fibre arrives into the mill. It’s put through blending, which is an opening
process. We add some moisture and some lubricant to it to assist processing; then it’s off
to the carting machine, which is the first stage of the ‘parallelisation’ process.
Fibres when they come in from the scourer are like that, (criss-crosses fingers). The
carting machine starts to ‘parallelise’ those fibres like that, (fingers line up).
It’s on to the gilts from there and that’s a refining process of that sliver after it
has been carted, so it’s just refining that sliver as it goes through that processing
at the end of the chain.
We then move onto combing, which basically takes out the short fibres in that blend,
if we’re wanting to comb it of course. If we don’t want to comb it, it’s processed
straight through onto the spinning frame.
We wrap-spin the majority of our mohair to a yarn that looks something like that, it’s
basically a loop yarn from here it will either be brushed if it’s headed for hand knitting
or it’ll remain looped and dyed and headed towards the weaving customer that we’re
making it for.
We’ve witnessed quite a change in the mohair industry over the last 10 or 15 years and
we’ve been in it for quite a long time. The international clip in terms of quantity
has reduced significantly over the last 5 or 10 years and, from our perspective the
mohair and demand for mohair products is still significant.
A lot of our production is based on mohair, on mohair fibre and we certainly think there’s
some good opportunities and some good prospects for mohair as a fibre and as an end product
as well.