Corrymoor Socks enjoy a worldwide reputation for comfort and durability. At Corrymoor, we offer a colourful and luxurious range of socks for men, women and children. Whatever the activity, whatever the weather; from bedsocks and elastic-free socks to trainer and ankle socks; from over-the-knee shooting socks to lightweight everyday socks, we have your feet covered. The smooth, strong mohair fibres, shorn from Angora Goats, create socks which are naturally sweat and odour free. Manufactured and knitted in the UK. Corrymoor Farm, in Devon, is home to the prize-winning flock of Corrymoor Angora goats and has been organic since 1988.
Mohair socks, scarves and throws
We are lucky enough to live in East Devon in the Blackdown Hills – one of England’s best kept secrets and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We farm 128 acres which is mostly permanent pasture and natural woodland with small fields and many hedgerows. As well as the lovely Angora Goats which produce the mohair for Corrymoor Socks we also have a herd of organic beef cattle. We moved here in 1986 and the farm has been farmed to the exacting Organic standards of the Soil Association since 1988.
We have kept Angora goats since 1986 and have been keen to breed good natured and well framed animals with exceptionally fine, lustrous, kemp-free mohair fleeces. (Kemp is a short thick fibre which makes poor quality mohair itchy). Each year kids are born in February and March. All the goats are shorn twice a year, usually in July and January. The young goats are graded according to the quality of the fleece and body and the best will, in due course, join the breeding flock when they are 2½ years old. Our oldest goats often reach 12 years old by which time they will have contributed 24 fleeces! The very best goats are selected for showing or for selling for breeding stock. Recently, we have had considerable success in the show ring, including Supreme Champion, Champion Buck and Champion Doe at the British Angora Goat Society Breed Show in 2019. Proving to us that we are producing some of the best goats and finest mohair in the UK .
Angora goats originally came from Turkey where the mohair fibre was the prized reserve of the sultans. Nowadays, the world’s biggest producers are South Africa and Texas with smaller amounts being produced in Australia, Lesotho, Argentina and Turkey. There are only about 2000 angora goats in UK producing about 7 tons of mohair per year. (World production is about 5,000 tonnes.) Mohair is known as the “Diamond Fibre” for its lustre, strength and durability. Unlike sheep’s wool, mohair fibres are smooth and don’t trap bacteria which cause smells.
Mohair fibres are 3 times more resistant to rubbing than wool fibres. The Corrymoor Story is unique. Our knowledge of mohair and the sock knitting industry has grown alongside the business. Every year presents us with new challenges. Uppermost in our minds is the care of our goats and the countryside, the production of a British made product of style, quality and durability and an efficient and thoughtful service to Corrymoor Sock customers.
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