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A pastoral idyll

A pastoral idyll – a flock of picturesque Angora goats, a river setting, a man who loves nature and takes immense pride in his resulting craft – visit Roland Gillot in Perrigny-sur-Armançon and you will find the light, high-quality mohair products difficult to resist.

Drive along the river into the pretty village of Perrigny-sur-Armançon and at number 4, Grande Rue you will find Roland Gillot. He has been tending his Angora goats for close on twenty five years here, and turning the wool into garments of the highest quality. The super-soft mohair yarn in vibrant colours from cobalt and ruby to saffron and lime is made into blankets and jumpers, waistcoats, hats, gloves and socks. Garments can also be made-to-measure, insuring a perfect fit to your own design.

A delicate breed

The wrought iron gate at Grande Rue leads into the leafy courtyard, stone house and shop with the bergerie on the left. This beautiful building with its tall beamed roof houses the goat pens. As much as possible the goats are out to pasture in fields nearby - 45 in all in the flock. But Angora goats are delicate creatures and need careful nurturing at birth and during bad weather. It is then that the bergerie comes into its own.

They are creatures of appealing character with hair falling in ringlets, drooping ears and both male and female have horns. Originating Turkey, the goats are sheared twice a year, in January and July. The mohair takes dye very well, resulting in the luminosity of the colour. Being a resilient natural fibre it breathes and it is also very light, so it is perfect for packing in the suitcase when travelling.

Visitors made welcome


Handmade Textiles

Roland Gillot and his wife design and make the articles for sale in the shop – he trained in textiles at Castres in the South of France. Only the blankets are not made in-house, needing a large scale machine. They exhibit at local craft fairs and have many regular customers. Tourists call by too, many stopping off along the canals on their barging trips. A short film about mohair made by Le Mohair des Fermes de France can be viewed and the Gillots are pleased to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of their craft. Quality rural craft at its best.

* Mohair d’Armançon is open every day except Monday.
Tel: 03 86 55 77 28 or e.mail: info@burgundytoday.com

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