The Hansa Story
Artisan hand sew the animals “inside out”, an old world tradition that results in the mininization of seams, and their bodies are carefully “sculpted” to create “musculature” and “features” like movement in a walking or sitting position that are unique to each creature. On average, there are 42 separate pieces required to make each animal, that must be combined by a team of truly creative artists to create the distinctly realistic features that characterize HANSA animals. (Some animals have as many as 240 different parts!) Each animal is individually hand sewn, to give it a unique “personality”, there are more than 860 different fabrics and man-made furs from which the “coat” and “hides” are made, along with over 6000 sets of different eyes, whiskers, claws, noses, and related accessories allocated for creating these wonderful plush animals. Stuffing emphasizes careful attention to the placement of the highest quality man-made materials. For more information and buying option, click here.
When you hold these wonderfully “life-like” animals, you will see and feel HANSA’s emphasis on quality, which is a result of careful attention to design, custom fabric selection, cutting, sewing, stuffing, eye placement, feature creation, framing, air brushing and finishing. Since each animal is hand sewn, there will be slight variations in appearance.
Weighs from about 1-5kg & attain a length of about 30-60 cm, feeds usually at night, mainly on herbs, tree bark, and vegetables. Lives in regions where the soil is loose & dry, where shrubs offer shelter. Bearing 4-8 litters a year, w/ 3-8 young, and a gestation period lasting about a month, lifespan of up to about 10 years.
The Recommended age for Hansa animals is 3 and up to comply with ASTM93 safety standards.
Portraits in Nature is a hand-crafted collection of realistic plush animals. Artists working in a socially responsible and environmentally responsible studio create each Hansa animal from portraits of the creature in its natural habitat.