Mohair is renowned for its gorgeous shine and glossy appearance, earning it the nickname of ‘the diamond fibre’. As one of the best natural fibres available, mohair will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer due to its heat regulating properties, even providing insulation when wet. It has been used as a natural material since the 1030’s, gaining popularity around a hundred years ago. Our mohair comes from the hair of the Angora goat which grows in uniform locks until it is shorn twice a year, with no harm coming to the animal.
At Brora, we love mohair thanks to its wonderful fluffiness and ability to hold dye incredibly well, resulting in a fabulous choice of vibrant colours.
Since the Stone Age wool has been seen as a useful resource due to its highly effective ability to protect against all manner of weather conditions. Wool is a renewable source of yarn and despite common misconceptions, is tremendously breathable, absorbing up to 30% of its weight in moisture. Better still, our wool products are surprisingly easy to care for and can resist all sorts of stains thanks to their naturally protective outer layer.
Brora’s pure new wool is produced from a blend of New Zealand crossbred wool and lambswool. The coarser, New Zealand wool helps to create a bold hue in our non-cashmere garments whilst the lambswool gives them a softer handle. Our lambswool is sourced from South America where the sheep are farm reared and shearing is carried out in a humane way.
When a wool product has served its purpose, it can be returned to the soil where it will decompose and release nutrients back into the earth.
Merino is a wonderful, lighter weight alternative to cashmere. The wool of merino sheep is often regarded as being some of the finest and softest available. These animals were originally descendants from the royal flock of the kings of Spain and are mostly bred in New Zealand and Australia where they were introduced in 1797.
It can take up to a year to create your Brora merino knitwear from raw material to product. Our merino designs create an ideal microclimate around your body, keeping you warm when you are cool and cool when you’re feeling warm thanks to its breathable, natural fibres. Merino also has antibacterial properties, absorbing up to one third of its weight and drawing sweat away from the skin so it remains warm even when wet.
While merino wool is extremely strong and long lasting, at the end of its life it is also biodegradable and will breakdown quickly.