Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibres in use. Records show the existence of mohair in parts of England as far back as the eighth century; which indicates that mohair fabric has been traded across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe for thousands of years. The Angora goat is thought to originate from the mountains of Tibet, gradually migrating to Turkey. Angora goats have been raised in Turkey for centuries near the city known as Ankara and from which the name “Angora” derives. These goats were highly regarded and jealously protected from exportation, until the sixteenth century when the Angora goat was introduced into Spain and France. The growing demand for mohair further resulted in the introduction of Angora goats into South Africa in 1838, the United States in 1849, Australia in 1856, and later New Zealand. Captain Cook is believed to be the first European to bring goats to New Zealand in 1867.