Welcome to Plushland! A world of high quality, hand crafted plush animals that are cherished by young and old alike. Each Plushland creation has a warmth and personality all of its own.
BY : Ashok Kohli
But some stuffed animals are far superior than others.That’s more fact than opinion.
This is because these better stuffed animals are made of premium material. It’s more nature-friendly, much softer to the touch, irresistible to children, and more hygenic.
This material is known as long pile plush.
“Long pile” means that the material sort of sticks out from the surface.
Believe it or not, you probably have a lot of long pile in your house right now. Examples include your carpets, and anything made of velvet, or corduroy.
The word “pile” is used because it comes from the Latin pilus which means hair. That’s because these fabrics feel a little bit like tiny hairs sticking out from a surface.
But unlike all those other long-pile fabrics, plush is unbelievably soft. You have felt it if you’ve ever touched a premium stuffed animal. It’s completely unlike the “classic” teddy bear.
Little kids love to press plush animals to their cheeks. They can’t believe how soft it is.
There is no good reason to pick boring old non-plush bears.
Plush bears are NOT more expensive. You can typically find both at the same price points.
There is only one reason why companies continue to mass produce non-plush animals: it’s cheaper for them.
They save on production costs but still charge you exactly the same price high-quality companies do.The non-plush materials are synthetic. They’ve been around for almost a century. While they have many downsides, it’s very easy to mass produce them. The materials can be found anywhere and are easy to acquire.
Non-plush animals are not soft and are terrible for the environment... but they are cheap. So companies still put them into stores.
OK! So that’s the theory. Let’s put it into practice: Which do you think looks cozier?First: look at this poor bear. He looks like he’s hibernating and having the time of his life. But look at his skin! It’s so plain. It looks like the same material you find on a dress shirt. Or on a backpack... or an old sofa! Not the type of stuff that makes you feel comfortable when it’s freezing outside.
Look at all that plush! Not the frizzy hair on top of his head, but the magnificent hug-deserving “feathers” that cover his entire body. He looks so huggable. He looks so cute. His furry skin makes you want to buy him this second.
Those little “hairs” are made possible through fabric that has been tied into a knot. Part of it is stuck in the “skin” that’s under the “feathers.” The rest of the fabric has been strategically left out of his “skin” to make this owl fuzzy, cute, and softer than a baby’s skin.
The whole thing is possible because of a special weaving technique. From the very second the fabric is created, it’s left like this to make it plushy.
The “hair” is the easiest way to tell whether or not an animal is made of plush. The little “feathers” or “hairs” show you whether a stuffed animal is huggable-enough to deserve a spot in your home.
The new upholstery bear were made of a fabric similar to what this sock monkey is made of. It isn’t as soft as plush, but it’s a HUGE step up from rags.
In the same year, a company in the united states started making what would become one of the most popular stuffed animals of time. A toy so popular that even though it was invented in 1903, it’s still around to this day...the teddy bear. It was one of the first truly popular “fad” toys. It swept the nation. Every little boy and girl had to have one. The impact was so massive because they were made of an early form of plush. It’s nowhere near as soft as plush is today. It’s kind of frizzy and feels a little like a carpet but is much, much softer.
So when you do get a stuffed animal make sure it has the distinctive “hairs” which make up it’s fake fur. If you can really feel each one then you know you have a perfect match.
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