'Mommy, What Does a 'Moe' Look Like?'
By Kharla Jolly
East Tawas, Michigan
January 16, 2018 9:49am CST
Back in the 1980s, many sweaters and vests were knit with a yarn, made out of 'mohair.' On day my little girl came to me inquiring, 'Mommy, what does a 'moe' look like?' At first I had no idea what she was talking about! Then, she explained to me about one of my sweaters, that was made out of 'mohair.' I quickly made the connection, which gave us all a good laugh
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That made me laugh heartily! Then, of course, I had to go and look it up. It turns out that 'mohair' is a corruption of an Arabic word meaning 'choice' (presumably because the hair of the Angora goat is so soft and fine and warm that it makes choice garments), so it has nothing to do with 'hair' at all, really! So mohair is a wool which comes from the Angora goat (not a sheep) and Angora wool, confusingly, comes from the Angora rabbit and NOT the Angora goat! Angora is the old name for Ankara in Turkey, which is where Angora goats and mohair came from (though the goats themselves are supposed to have come from Tibet).
@kobesbuddy Tibet doesn't have a warm climate. The best wool comes from animals which live high up in the mountains of the Himalaya where it is cold. Because of the cold, they have much hair=a thick fur. As far as I know, the fine threads are combed out.