Dakimakura is a common item in home life, similar to pillows, the common one is only half the size of a general pillow. Held in arms, it can play a role in keeping warm and certain protection.
It gives a warm feeling and is currently becoming a common ornament for home use and decoration as well as a must-have item as car accessories.
Nowadays, many anime enthusiasts also like custom anime body pillows more and more, which promotes the development and progress of the industry.
What is a dakimakura made of?
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The pillow core of a dakimakura consists of the cover of the pillow core and the filler inside.
A dakimakura (抱き枕) is used to hold while sleeping.
A dakimakura is mainly composed of a pillow core and a pillowcase, which can be understood as the ones of the pillow we usually used for sleeping.
In Japanese culture, a dakimakura is different from ordinary pillows, and it is often used as a consolation object for Japanese youth.
The history of a dakimakura
In the early days of modern dakimakura, it is mostly used for babies or children.
In the 1990s, the dakimakura began to intertwine with home culture for development. Many dakimakuras with anime or video game characters are produced in batches.
The early dakimakuras were often produced as anime peripheral products.
Later on, professional manufacturers began to appear, specializing in the production of dakimakuras and customized anime adkimakuras.
What material is the pillowcase made of?
The cover the pillow core is essentially a bag, just a bag specially used for filling fillers. The material of the pillow core cover includes cotton cloth, 2WT, etc.
Cotton is relatively coarse and has a large friction. It is relatively difficult to be filled in because of the resistance, but it feels relatively hard when being hugged.
2wt is very soft, the friction is small, and it is more convenient to be filled in, but the 2wt pillowcase is likely to slip (which can be understood as an ice cube slides on the table when there is water on the table), and it is soft when being hugged.
Of course, the difficulty of filling a pillowcase is correlated to your proficiency, the correct posture of filling the pillowcase, and the fullness of the pillow core.
What materials are the pillow cores made of?
The pillow cores can be divided into PP cotton (polypropylene cotton, also known as doll cotton), seven-hole cotton, down cotton and so on.
PP cotton: i.e. doll cotton, is the cotton filling inside the dolls of the doll machines. It is a relatively common filler, and the price is relatively low, moreover, it may result in irreversible faults after long-term hugs, especially after being clipped with legs.
Seven-hole cotton: seven-hole cotton is a kind of very light and elastic filler. It feels relatively light for hugging and has good elasticity.
Down cotton is a relatively heavy and thick one, but the elasticity is relatively poor compared to the seven-hole cotton. It is relatively thick to hug, and feels very comfortable when it is pressed against the body. It can be folded. If you feel it being shrunk, just pat it or have it bathed in the sun, and it will restore the original features.
How to choose the material of a pillowcase?
Next, let’s focus on pillowcases. Pillowcases can be divided into peach skin, all polyester, velboa, 2WT and other materials.
The peach skin feels common. If we use a daily life product to describe it, it is similar to a glasses cloth in sense of touch and texture. The advantage is that it is relatively strong, and you can wash it directly with a washing machine and dry it directly with a dryer, and the price is relatively low. It feels warm to hug, and it gives you good sense of touch in winter. The shortage is that it feels not as good as 2WT.
It feels hard. If we use a daily life product to describe it, it is similar to a windbreaker or polyester basketball clothing. The advantage is that it is very strong, and you can also wash it directly with a washing machine, but it cannot be dried with a dryer. Its price is higher than peach skin and lower than 2wt. It feels cool to hug. The shortage is that it feels common and relatively hard.
2wt, also called as 2way, is generally a soft and smooth fabric. It feels like swimming trunks. However, there are quite some differences between individual 2wt fabrics—different shops or different manufacturers have a different sense of touch.
The advantage is that the surface of the cloth is very fine, the material is highly elastic thus wrinkle-resistant, the printing precision is high, the sense of touch is soft and smooth, the cloth feels cool and the drape is good, and the cloth smells slightly scented.
The shortage is that it is a bit cold for winter use, but it will warm up after being hugged for a while. 2WT fabrics will appear more or less pilling and hooking. The Japanese 2WT has a certain optimization of the fabric, which will reduce the conditions of the pilling and snagging compared with other 2WT fabrics.
For the sake of hygiene, it is better to replace the pillowcase once every half a month or so. And a newly purchased pillowcase is also supposed to be cleaned and dried before use.
If you find stains on your dakimakura, try using a neutral detergent such as Blue Moon. Soak it first, and then gently scrub to wash it, changing water for several times.
ATTENTION: NEVER use any bleaching agent or fabric softener. Just room-temperature water is O.K. and hot water is not necessary to use. NEVER attempt to use any kind of hairbrush or toothbrush. You just need to scrub gently.
How to dry a dakimakura?
To dry a dakimakura, you are recommended to use a high-quality plastic-dipping iron hanger or aluminum alloy hanger, and when it comes to the clips, it is recommended to use a stainless steel spring clips, so as to avoid the burrs on the spring clips or the hanger hurting the 2WT fabric.
It is recommended two hangers to be used for drying a dakimakura, respectively holding one-third of the position for hanging.
Because if a dakimakura is folded for drying and there is much water in the pillowcase, the two ends of the dakimakura will be heavy, and the pillowcase will be drawn so long and get deformed under the action of gravity.
While drying, please avoid direct sunlight, high temperature and humid environment, and the best condition is to dry it in the shade. If it is not being dried with a washing machine, you can use a towel to absorb water before drying.
How to place (preserve) a dakimakura?
If you need your dakimakura to be perserved, you can fold it twice and place it in a plastic storage box, and then place a dehumidizer in the box.
If conditions permit, you can hang it in the wardrobe with a hanger. The storage condition shall avoid high temperature, direct sunlight and humid environment.
The suitable environment is in a cool and dry condition.
Since a dakimakura belongs to bedding, you should pay attention to the hygiene of the bed, and even fine sand or hair chips may damage the pillowcase.
So, it is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner to clean the bed frequently to ensure the bed cleanness
Is the dakimakura harmful to the body?
Why do some people using dakimakuras to appear skin itching similar to allergic symptoms?
First of all, it may be that the sensitivity of the individual’s skin is different.
Next, it may be that the pillowcase is useddirectly without cleaning after it has been bought. It is recommended that a dakimakura should be cleanedthoroughly after purchase and before use of it.
All in all, a dakimakura is a kind of bedding, and paying attention to cleaning it is always right.