Over the past decade, Mohair South Africa has focused on promoting a sustainable luxury fibre, efforts which have intensified over the past few months. Mohair SA have worked closely with Textile Exchange (a global non-profit that drives industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity and standards, and responsible supply networks) to incorporate the existing Sustainable Production Guidelines an internationally-recognised Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS). Textile Exchange identifies and shares best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.
The aim of the RMS is to provide the industry with a tool to recognise mohair farmers using best practices, ensuring that mohair is produced on farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and a commitment to treating their goats ethically and responsibly.
“Mohair South Africa is committed to continuously improving the mohair industry throughout the entire value chain, working alongside all stakeholders to provide clear and transparent evidence of an ethical and responsible industry. It was our great pleasure to host Textile Exchange and the visiting brands in South Africa, and we look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership in the future” – Lindsay Humphreys, General Manager, Mohair South Africa
In addition to our continually evolving guidelines to ensure that the South African mohair industry continues to thrive and create profitable employment, Mohair South Africa works closely with the Mohair Empowerment Trust to assist emerging farmers to develop successful and sustainable Angora farming initiatives.
The Mohair Empowerment Trust is a non-profit organisation focused on uplifting and partnering with black South African farmers who show potential to succeed in the mohair farming industry. Working with Mohair South Africa, the trust supports, guides and develops the skills of these farmers, helping them to achieve their goals while also increasing South African production of sought-after mohair fibre.