South Africa, Frances VH / Frances van Hasselt , Mohair Rug Weaving & Knitwear
Frances van Hasselt grew up on a family farm in the Karoo that owns one of the oldest mohair studs. She has always had a deep affinity with this natural fibre and the origins of the threads. Mohair, one of the world’s most ancient, exclusive and sustainable natural fibres is one of the few, uniquely local luxury products in South Africa. In fact, South Africa–and more specifically, the Karoo–is home to most of the world’s mohair farming.
Frances VH Mohair focus on the strengths and over-looked skills that are unique to the socio-economic make-up of South Africa’s textile industry. With a completely local supply chain, they help to create livelihoods and empower women artisans in remote areas whilst preserving culture, indigenous knowledge and traditional craftsmanship.
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