The process

After shearing, our fleeces are entrusted to the best crafts' workers for washing, carding, combing, spinning, dyeing and weaving.

Washing : to remove grease and other impurities. Fleeces which are not too contaminated will give an excellent output : ie 1kg of rough mohair will give 800 gms of clean fibres.

Carding : to homogenise the mohair by disentangling the fibres. After carding the mohair looks like a perfectly homogenous web, but on closer inspection you can see that the fibres are in all directions.

Carding of the mohair
Combing of the mohair
Spinning of the mohair

Combing : this parallels the fibres putting them all in line it also eliminates the short fibres (less than 4 cm) and creates a ribbon hence the term combed ribbon.

Spinning : Streches and twists the ribbon to make a yarn, during the spinning the yarn is "teased" to give a textured yarn with a ringlet effect producing a light yarn with plenty of "body" yet very solid.

Weaving of the mohair
Carding of the mohair

In order not to spoil the texture of the yarns they are put in hanks for the next stage : dyeing. The dyes used are selected for their light fastness and brightness. The hanks are immersed in large vats then heated very gently until boiling. When the dye is sufficiently fixed to the yarn, the temperature is gently decreased then the hanks are rinsed and dried.

Weaving is the ultimated stage for part of our mohair, it is woven on very wide looms (3 meters) to make blankets, plaids, scarves and stoles in plain colours, tartans or checks.