Out of universe, what is Wookiee fur made of?


This fearsome-looking bunch are all actors in costume, presumably. So what material was used to make those costumes?

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    – Mazura
    Oct 10 '15 at 1:37
  • @phantom42 Thanks for the edit! I wasn't quite sure which was the correct spelling, and settled for Wookie as it looked more natural.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Oct 10 '15 at 1:42
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    In-universe, it's made of wookiee-fur.
    – Valorum
    Oct 10 '15 at 6:44
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According to the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, Chewbacca's costume was made of yak hair and mohair. Presumably, the other wookiee suits were as well. The exhibit features screen-used costumes and props from all six movies, including one of the original Chewbacca costumes.

This article about the exhibit mentions the costume's materials specifically.

Among the other display descriptions: Amidala's wedding dress was made partly out of an Italian lace bedspread; and Chewbacca's fur is a combination of Yak hair and mohair.

The Smithsonian's page for the exhibition also mentions it:

Yak hair and mohair costume of the towering Wookiee Chewbacca

The Smithsonian's page for the costume itself also mentions it:

Designed by concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and produced by Stuart Freeborn, the expressive costume is made from yak hair and mohair.

National Fiber Technology, the company who supplied the hair/fabric for the wookiee costumes in the prequels stated that 70-80 square feet of hair was used to make each costume. (note and forgive the horrible misspelling of the word "wookiee" throughout the linked article).

  • Thanks, nice answer! But what is the mohair made of - goat or rabbit hair?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Oct 10 '15 at 10:58
  • The mohair is made from mos, obviously.
    – phantom42
    Oct 10 '15 at 12:47
  • Mohair is always hair from an angora goat. Angora wool from an angora rabbit is different and separate.
    – phantom42
    Oct 10 '15 at 12:51
  • OK, gotcha. Was this costume used for all the films Chewbacca appears in?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Oct 10 '15 at 13:53
  • Yes, the one in the touring exhibit was one of the OT screen-used costumes. It was labeled as being made of yak hair and mohair.
    – phantom42
    Oct 10 '15 at 13:55

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