222020-131ProductMohair Blend Jumper
Mohair is the fleece of the Angora goat, native to Turkey, and it is one of the world’s oldest textile fibres. It is durable and resilient with a lustrous sheen and a fine, silky texture that is resistant to dirt and matting.
Though light and airy – due to microscopic airways in its cells – mohair is among the warmest natural fibres. Mohair’s porous cells also help it take up dyes, yielding intensely saturated colours. Blended with wool or alpaca, mohair becomes even stronger and warmer, with a subtle shine.
In the 16th century, mohair was brought to Europe and it’s been consistently popular since, worn by mods and rude boys, kings and queens and even athletes looking for insulation that is soft against the skin.
While khaki is commonly used to describe a spectrum of different shades, from yellowish light brown to deep olive green, it is originally an Urdu word meaning ‘dust-coloured’. Khaki was developed by the British military in the 1840s, while occupying what is now Pakistan, as an alternative to their traditional red uniforms. Drab clothing allowed the soldiers to better blend in with the desert landscape. By 1884, the colour was used across British regiments and soldiers were called ‘khakis’ because of their uniforms. Queen Victoria declared it ‘hideous’ – but it worked.
Mud, mulberries, coffee and curry is said to have been used to produce the desired shade. But it was a dye prepared from a local palm tree that finally stuck. When camouflaging khaki uniforms were moved out of their desert origins and adopted by armies around the world at the turn of the 20th century – by the U.S. in Southeast Asia and by European nations in the first world war – the shade had become green rather than beige.
Supplier Fujian Wanjiamei textile clothing
Based in the city of Quanzhou – which lies on the coast between Guangzhou and Shanghai – the Fujian factory designs and manufactures high-quality heavy knits. The company was founded in 2006, and its 1,500 employees are skilled in yarn winding, knitting panels, linking and special workmanship techniques – like advanced embroidery and traditional intarsia knitting by hand. With a number of quality and environmental certifications, Fujian reduces their waste and emissions by employing a better utilisation rate of raw materials. They are crafting heavy-knit pieces for ARKET, using all of their advanced skills – including embroidery and hand knitting.