Cape based mohair growers are looking to increase business in the UK over the coming year. For yarns created from South African mohair seem likely to play an important role in the ranges that leading UK fabric producers are promoting for summer 2003.

At Bradford based William Halstead, for instance, the big news is the signing of a licensing agreement with Camdeboo Mohair Pty Ltd which will allow the British mill to promote and sell a special Camdeboo Collection using yarns derived from the herds of the Camdeboo growers group.

"Among the innovative qualities which we plan to include in this collection are a two ply winter kid cloth which we will run alongside an 80 per cent winter kid 20 per cent silk suiting," says William Halstead.

Meanwhile, in the first collection to be launched since the December management buyout that took long established Yorkshire weaver John Foster into new ownership, the new season's emphasis will also be on mohair - with particular emphasis on yarns made from Cape fibre.

"We are now looking for ultra fine mohair which will make up into cloth which is lightweight but also crease resistant," says John Foster.

By Sonia Roberts.