Angora goats originated in Asia in Biblical times (around 12-15 centuries BC). The name "angora", though, comes from Ankara, Turkey, where the breed became most established and well known. Most commonly found in white, colored angoras have existed in history, but were most often culled out of herds for commercial purposes. During recent years, breeders of colored angoras have worked hard to bring back the colored angora goat. Colored angoras come in shades of white, tan, brown, red, silver and black.
Mohair is the fiber of the angora goat. Mohair is a strong and lustrous fiber that takes dyes nicely and adds a pretty "halo" to handspun yarns and knitwear. Kid Mohair, the first two clippings of an angora kid, is the finest and softest mohair and is the most sought after. As the goat ages, their fiber becomes more coarse (though I've had older goats whose fiber would hold up next to most yearling fibers! ). Mohair is best spun with wool to give it the spring and bounce-back of the wool. It also makes an ideal doll hair.
For more information about Colored Angora Goats visit http://www.cagba.org/