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Mohair South Africa Partners With Oritain for Origin Verification

Mohair South Africa (SA), the industry body for mohair in South Africa, has increased its commitment to sustainable mohair by partnering with scientific traceability company Oritain.

South Africa currently produces approximately 50 percent of the world’s mohair, accounting for nearly 30,000 jobs for local South Africans. Mohair is part of a group of noble fibers and is known to be lustrous and resilient, and offers strong color reflection, Mohair South Africa noted, but more important, it’s sustainable.

Mohair is the lightweight, dye-responsive, durable, crease-resistant and non-flammable fleece of the Angora goat. With its long-term commitment to sustainability and ensuring the highest levels of social and ethical production Mohair SA has partnered with Oritain, a specialist in using forensic science to verify the origin of products and raw materials, such as Supima cotton.

Oritain uses a combination of forensic science and technology to analyze mohair fiber and verify exactly which country it comes from. This gives manufacturers, brands and consumers insight into the content of their mohair purchases.

“Mohair South Africa’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is vital in not only protecting this luxurious and sustainable fiber, but also in helping to drive a more innovative and sustainable industry,” Oritain chief strategy officer Rupert Hodges said. “And we’re incredibly pleased to be partnering with them to protect the global reputation of South African mohair and help support the wider work they’re doing–for example, looking at how we can also support their Empowerment Trust Program.”

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Mohair South Africa, the industry body for mohair in South Africa, has partnering with Oritain for scientific traceability.
Mohair sweaters from South Africa. Mohair SA

Mohair South Africa believes that shared knowledge, a vigorous commitment to continuous improvement, and progressive, ethical and sustainable attitudes play a vital role in the success of the mohair industry.

“The Mohair Industry recognizes the shift toward a fully traceable fashion fiber as the future of sustainable sourcing and we believe technology can play an important role in ensuring transparency from farm to store,” Lindsay Humphreys, head of global business development and sustainability at Mohair South Africa, said. “The partnership with Oritain perfectly complements the progressive developments in the mohair industry with the recent launch of the Responsible Mohair Standard and the intensified training and education programs at a grassroots level.

“The focus of the South African mohair industry is a commitment to working toward a more sustainable and responsible future, taking the environment, the animals, and the people into consideration,” Humphreys added. “The addition of scientific traceability through Oritain is very exciting for the future of the mohair industry.”

Oritain has offices in New Zealand, the U.K., Australia, the U.S. and Switzerland. Mohair South Africa, a non-profit organization, was established in 1997 to perform functions aimed at the advancement of the entire mohair industry. Mohair SA is committed to an ethical sustainable and globally recognized South African mohair industry.