One of the problems associated with lightweight summer suits is that by its very nature the fineness of the fabric means it can be less durable and more susceptible to abrasion.
The best way to solve this problem is to weave mohair in with the usual wool fibres thereby adjusting the composition and consequently the performance of the fabric.
Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibres still in use today and it has many advantages; firstly it absorbs the dye better than wool resulting in richer colours, secondly it is tougher than wool and therefore less susceptible to abrasion, thirdly it has a natural built-in resilience so consequently it creases far less than a pure wool suit. It also stretches less meaning the suit keeps its shape better.
The mohair yarn used to make suits is not the same as the yarn that’s used to make mohair jumpers, it comes from the belly of kid goats.
Apart from all of these hidden characteristics mohair also has a slight sheen or lustre to it and that distinctive mohair look is enjoying a revival in the fashion arena at the moment.
Here are some examples of good quality mohair suitings:
Holland & Sherry Classic Mohairs – 75% Super 100’s wool, 25% mohair
Holland & Sherry Luxury Mohairs – 60% Summer kid mohair, 40% Super 120’s wool.
Harrison’s Cape Kid – 60% Summer kid mohair 40% Super 100’s wool.