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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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).