"Molli" Mohair Brown Bear
10.5" toes to tip of ears
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Big Furry Friends offers Luxury Plush Stuffed Animals, Displays, and Props. We offer lifelike, life size, realistic, giant, large big and small animals handmade by Piutre, Koesen, Hansa, Ditz Designs and more. They make wonderful keepsakes, as well as theater props for stage and screen and can be seen in theatres around the world. Big Furry Friends animals make great additions to interior design and home staging, as well as non-taxidermy props for commercials, television and movies. Plush stuffed animals are widely used in themed decor for weddings, parties and other events, as well as corporate branding and mascots.
About Kösen: Over a hundred years ago, Käthe Kruse began producing her world-famous dolls in Bad-Kosen, Germany. About 100 employees were busy, producing her world-famous dolls. In 1949, she left Bad Kösen to set up a new company in Donauwörth together with her children.
After a period of fiduciary administration by the state, the company was expropriated in 1953 and nationalized as People’s Enterprises Doll-Making Workshops which continued producing traditional dolls.
The first plush animals were shown together with dolls at the Leipzig Trade Fair in 1959. These plush toys met with such high demand so that production was expanded, and doll production ceased in 1964. In 1969, the company was renamed as VEB Kösener Spielzeug. Up to 80% of the plush animal production was exported. The number of employees, mainly women, grew to 195.
For ten years, the company was subject to Burg Giebichenstein – College of Art and Design in Halle. These close ties resulted in many creative products, and some of its fine designers have worked for Kösen. The turning point in 1989 led to Kösen’s markets disappearing virtually overnight. Like many other companies, VEB Kösener Spielzeug was left with no hope for survival.
Awaiting privatization under the Treuhand Agency, Steiff showed an interest in Kösen which led to a two-year cooperation and a transfer of know-how. When Steiff decided not to buy Kösen, the local family business Schache stepped in to prevent the demise of the company, rich in tradition.
Dr. Schache was mayor of Bad Kösen at that time. Kösen changed direction and concentrated on producing high quality, lifelike plush animals. Graduate designers developed their own distinctive style in order to develop new plush animals. Today, the Kösen collection of lifelike plush animals is regarded as one of the best in the world.
Kösen’s animals are very lifelike, thanks to their multifaceted design process. It is of key importance for a good design that the designers observe the animals in their natural habitat or in the zoo. Based on the drawings they have made, they then make clay models of the animals. Patterns are produced in line with these models which are then revised over and over again until such time as the soft toy envisioned by them has been realized.
The quality of the materials used calls for careful and therefore costly production. This means for example, that longer-pile fur fabric is cut out by hand.
A particular distinction of the soft toys is that they are made up of a large number of individual pieces- more often than not, over seventy are involved.
As the pieces are frequently very small, stitching has to be done very carefully. The sewn pieces are then reversed and the safety eyes inserted.
To ensure that the animals are soft and cuddly and that they also maintain their shape over a long period, it is important that they are filled with the right stuffing. Many more procedures have to be carried out before the toy is ready i.e. sewing, shaping, combing, embroidering and painting.
Quality is controlled closely at each step in the production process.
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Since the mainland grizzly is so widespread, it is representative and archetypal for the whole subspecific group. Even so, classification is being revised along genetic lines. Except for females with cubs, grizzlies are normally solitary, active animals, but in coastal areas, grizzlies gather around streams, lakes, rivers, and ponds during the salmon spawn. Every other year, females produce one to four young (usually two) which are small and weigh only about 500 grams (1 lb). A sow is protective of her offspring and will attack if she thinks she or her cubs are threatened.