Wrap yourself in a Rothko

Hinterveld’s new 2015/16 collection introduces colour-soaked patterns and a variety of yarn blends.

Mohair is valued for its lightweight lustre, resilience and sustainability, but it’s the natural fibre’s ability to retain colour that shines most brilliantly in Hinterveld’s latest home collection. There are delicate nimbus-like throws for the neutrally minded and blankets in a crayon pack’s worth of colours. But the ranges that play with bands of intense hues stand out like a series of colour-soaked Rothko paintings.

Hinterveld’s 2015/16 collection – its third range for the home – was launched at Design Indaba Expo 2015. The Uitenhage-based manufacturer, known predominantly for its high-end mohair products, introduced alpaca/silk and wool/linen blends while still retaining its 100% kid mohair range and kid mohair/silk blends.

A family-owned business with roots going back 150 years, Hinterveld’s designs are inspired by the dramatic landscape and stark contrasts of the Karoo, home to the Angora goat whose fleece is woven into mohair. Designers Many Wait and Tracy Lynch created the patterns and palettes for this collection.

Images: Henk Hattingh, Display Image Solutions, Pixel Lounge Studio.

Hinterveld’s bestseller, Beautiful Story, has been expanded with three different palettes: "neutral", "natural" and "vibrant" which plays to mohair’s strength of absorbing and retaining rich, bright colours for long periods of time. The Beautiful Story range is a blend of 72% mohair, 20% wool and 8% nylon.
Beautiful Story's "natural" colour palette was inspired by Karoo plants, animals and landscapes. All in all, there are 22 different colours and patterns in the range.
Hinterveld has added four new designs to “MaXhosa by Hinterveld”, its collaboration with knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo: Mkhuseli (protector), Miga Yemibhaco (Xhosa attire stripes), Mgcamabele (rainbow) and Buhle Bepikoko (beautiful peacock). The earthy browns and rich blues distill the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape landscape and the vibrant colour sense of the Xhosa people.
The more affordably priced Song on the Radio range is now available in more current colours such as “California Dreaming” pale blue and “Can’t Touch This” cerise.
A soft lace, textured throw in kid mohair, called Atmosphere, comes in cloudy hues.
The Encore range is understated and classic with two styles in neutral colourways: a delicate herringbone pattern and a more solid stripe.
The New York Day collection makes use of a laidback chunky weave in faded colours such as coral, moss and beige.
Rhapsody is a blend of alpaca, silk and wool in a range of natural colour tones that depict earthy browns, reds, sky blues and cloudy greys.

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