While stuffed animals are made up of different materials and parts, we cannot deny that their outer lining or what most people refer to as its “fur” is what dictates the cuddliness, softness and feel of the toy. After all, they make up a huge chunk or about 95% of its outer structure. It’s what we see and touch for the most part.
Through the years, stuffed toy manufacturers have used an assortment of materials and at certain occasions even a combination of them at a time. While others have been in use for decades and even more than a century, there are those that have just enjoyed prominence today. Today, let’s get to know about the more popular fur options for our stuffed animals.
This supple, rich and smooth fabric is characterized by its long soft nap or pile. It consists of silk, rayon, cotton or similar other material and is described to be luxuriously soft, rich and full to the touch. A god number of the earliest stuffed animals manufactured in the day used this material which is why the term “plush toys” came into existence.
Mohair refers to a type of soft silky wool from the Angora goat. This renowned fabric has a silk-like texture, high luster or sheen and a velvety touch backed by its resiliency and durability making it a favorite material for toys then and now which earned it the moniker “diamond fiber”.
- FAKE FUR
Also known as faux or fun fur, this material was first introduced back in 1929. As its name suggests, it is made to resemble natural fur but is instead made out of synthetic fibers. Unlike real fur, it doesn’t require cold storage so it’s easier to handle and tends to last longer even without meticulous care. Because it’s fabric through and through, many manufacturers have switched to its use in a bid to support animal rights and welfare. It’s a popularly utilized fabric not just in the toy industry but also in fashion and lifestyle.
While majority of stuffed animals are seen with either fake or real fur, fabric has now become a popular option. Made out of either solid colors or of intricate patterns, they come in varied textures too. Sometimes, brands use a combination of different fabrics and patterns to come up with a more interesting look and texture to the toys.