The Angora is a fiber and kind of wool extracted from the Angora’s fur. It’s found on two types of animals, the Angora rabbit and the Angora goat. There is also the Angora cat, but its fiber isn’t extracted for the making of wool. Angora animals come from Turkey but are now bred in captivity in the United States, Japan and Europe.
The fur of the goat or Angora rabbit has long, soft fibers, which create a shiny, warm, light and soft, durable fabric that also absorbs moisture. The fiber can be mixed with other fibers, such as rayon and plain wool, to create different types of fabrics.
The Angora wool is an alternative for those who are allergic to traditional sheep wool, despite being warmer than it. The Angora fiber has therapeutic effects in the body, it can help people with joint pain, blood circulation problems, sciatica, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle tension, kidney problems, chilblains, circulatory disorders, and others.
One of the most known types of wool made with Angora fiber is the Mohair wool.
The use of fabrics made with Angora fibers is diverse, ranging from common garments to accessories such as scarves.
Bibliography: Allan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.