Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Wool Week - Marwood Mohair

As it is Wool Week 2013 we thought we would take this opportunity to give you some more detailed information about our mohair socks. All in the name of wool...

Mohair is a silk-like wool yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Mohair fiber is extremely durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen which has helped give it the nickname the "Diamond Fiber". Mohair takes dye exceptionally well, which is why we have hand-dyed our socks in exclusive colours to Marwood.
Mohair is warm in winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt.

How can you wash mohair socks? Why doesn’t it felt like wool does?
Machine wash at 30 degrees
Mohair is composed mostly of keratin, a protein found in the hair, wool, horns and skin of all mammals. While it has scales like wool, the scales are not fully developed, merely indicated. Thus, mohair does not felt as wool does.

Mohair is a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep due to its unique properties.
Where does Marwood mohair come from?
Our Mohair comes from angora goats that are bred on a family farm in Devon. The yarn is then spun and knitted in to socks and then hand-dyed at the farm before the Marwood tags are hand sewn on. The process is highly monitored and executed to an extremely high standard from the beginning. This is why we can stand by this luxurious fibre and know that Marwood mohair socks will last for years.

Where can you buy Marwood mohair socks?
Our heavy-knit socks are available in a range of exclusive colours at the following stockists… (online shop)
Dover Street Market - London (online shop)
Union LA - Los Angeles (online shop)
Other Shop - London (online shop)
Fortnum & Mason - London

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