Turn to P.18 in our Trends Issue No 88 to see the top 16 trends of 2013. Mohair is a big one. The fleece of the Angora goat, mohair dates back thousands of years to the Tibetan Himalayas, where the Angora originated. Today it’s one of the world’s most exclusive natural fibres, with two centuries of refinement by the South African mohair industry behind it. The South African mohair industry has become the global leader, producing the world’s best quality mohair, sought after by fashion and homeware designers. (Read more on www.mohair.co.za)

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort is a big fan of this beautiful thread, cultivated so prolifically in the Karoo.  Li has collaborated enthusiastically with Mohair South Africa for years, producing extraordinary products and colours.

Says Li: ‘Humble, versatile and honest in terms of its durability and character, mohair is a sturdy and reliable fibre with admirable insulation and sustainable qualities.’ She predicts that ‘a drier and coarser hand will become desirable, as mohair begins to leave its strictly-soft days behind. The evolving essence of mohair will enchant us for the seasons to come’.  (Read more on Li’s blog TrendTablet)

We love it that Mohair South Africa regularly exhibits at the world’s top design shows and in September 2012 put on a stunning show for the second consecutive year at Maison & Objet in Paris. Li described the inspiration behind the installation: ‘This year’s stand is inspired by the travelling tribes: Nomadism animates a timeworn style that is faded by age, crafted by hand and coloured by beautiful dyes. This roaming spirit is now reflected by our flexible and wireless existence today and a revived interest in living closer to the floor; a yearning for natural materials like straw, clay, wood and flax, but also animal fibres such as mohair collected from the noble Angora goat.’

We had our summer socks knocked right off when we saw the series of mohair pods created in celebration of this extraordinary fibre, held in Cape Town last year at Salt Circle Arcade in Woodstock, where the images on this post were taken.

Posted by Inge van der Merwe & Jenny Mason