The way to the finished stuffed animals from mohair starts in province of Ankara in Turkey, because this is where the Angora goat originally comes from. Today, it is kept in South Africa, The United States, Australia and Madagascar as well, to produce the great natural fiber. The fur of the Angora goat is long, curly and very silk-like. Depending on the age of the animal, the texture of the wool changes from very fine (Kidmohair) through “Young goat” to a solid natural fiber of the “adult” animal.
The term mohair comes from Arabic word and means “a type of haircloth “.
Mohair is won by shearing, which is done twice a year on the Angora goats (summer and winter fur). An Angora goat delivers an average of 7kg of wool per year. This is later processed into textiles, blankets, pillows, upholstery, carpets and as in our case to teddy bear fabrics. The interest in mohair fabrics is still growing, especially in the textiles sector, because unlike real furs the animals doesn’t have to be harmed. In addition you have the natural characteristics of wool, because mohair is very soft and comfortable to wear. The fibers are water-repellent due to their fine structure and the fabric has a cooling effect in summer and a warming effect in winter.
However, mohair is a bit more demanding in terms of care. Never use a tumble dryer and when washing it, it is definitely recommended to wash by hand and with appropriate wool detergent.
If we noticed one thing in the factory tour at Steiff-Schulte, that they really still produce with real craftsmanship. We were allowed to look at how countless rolls of yarn created a big spool and how the traditional weaving machines turned this into a roll of raw mohair.
The fibers are all still unopened and except for the different pile height, the different rolls of raw (string) mohair look very similar.
Of course, we also wanted to know how the complex process proceeded. The raw mohair actually feels very much like “teddybear”, but there is still a long way to go before the end product can be used.
The first step after weaving is dyeing the fabric. In our small video you can see how the the dyeing process works.
Would you like to dye raw mohair yourself?
No problem, we have environmentally friendly textile dye from RIT for you on our website. As well as a selection of different raw mohair fabrics.
In the Steiff-Schulte weaving mill environmental protection and sustainability are top priority.
Nothing lands faster in children’s hands than a nice soft teddy bear – care is needed here. The production, the dyeing and the finish, all this takes place in the factory in Duisburg. And that exclusively with non toxic and environmentally friendly materials. Steiff-Schulte mohair not only stands for first-class woven fabrics “Made in Germany”, but also for 100% nature.
wonderful story of the Teddy Bear started at the beginning of this
century. Everyone knows that Richard Steiff was the creator of the Teddy
Bear; but what would Teddies have looked liked if he had not found the
right material for their fur ???
Fortunately, Schulte in Duisburg was already in existence! In 1901
Reinhard Schulte had opened his own factory, weaving plush fabrics.
Today his company is known throughout the world as “the Mecca for bear
making fabrics”. The name Schulte, Duisburg, has become synonymous with
high-quality Mohair fabrics. Since their early beginns Schulte and
Steiff have remaned in close commercial and privat contact.
Steiff Teddies, which attract the highest prices at sales and auctions
are almost exclusively made from the “Original Schulte Mohair”. And
still today, Steiff Teddies which are made from genuine Schulte Mohair
are a Guarantee for highest Teddy Bear Culture!
Our long tradition, our “know how” developed by generations, and the
newest production processes make it possible for Schulte to create
fabrics every Teddy Manufacturer, Designer and Artist, -as well as
collector-, loves and adores.
A fur fabric without comparison – world wide.
Teddies made from the “Original Schulte Mohair” are percious escorts
into the future. Faithful partners one always can rely upon.