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Beary Cheap Bear Supplies have been established since 1994. We, Jim & Di have been here since November 2007, our predecessors Derek & Cindy started the business in 1994 and as with many crafts the mail order business grew from a hobby in the Australian Bush. Read the story of the early days.

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Helmbold GmbH have been manufaturing Mohair fabrics since 1900 - Beary Cheap are proud to be the Australian & NZ agent for Helmbold

History of Helmbold


At the turn of the century the Rhone mountains of Germany was a poor region. The main source of income for the area was agriculture, even though the farmland was not very fertile. The small village of Oberweid is situated amongst the mountains and it was here that Adolf Helmbold was born on the 18th September 1872, son of a poor farmer.

As a young man, Adolf attended a weaving school in Chemnitz, Germany and it was here he received his first training in the manufacture of textiles. He went on to work for several textile mills on the Rhine River, before deciding to return home to the little village of Oberweid where he founded his own weaving company - A. Helmbold. Weaving Company. It was in a rented premises that the first mohair fabrics were manually woven. Adolf bought his first mechanical weaving machines between 1905 & 1910. The machines were second hand and driven by water.

It was at this time that the first wool & mohair fabrics were manufactured by the Helmbold company and exported into neighbouring countries as well as Germany. In 1910 the machines were converted to petrol engines so that the quality and quantity of fabric could be increased. With support from the bank & personal funds, Adolf built his own weaving factory in 1912 and they were now weaving double plush fabrics (i.e. the method where 2 rolls of fabric are weaved at once) & they had 8 machines.

During 1912 to 1914, the whole of the Rhone valley was connected to electricity and therefore the weaving machines became electrically driven. It was not long however before Adolf Helmbold was called to the Army and served in active forces in World War I from 1916 to 1918. During this time the weaving mill ceased production.

When the war was over and things began to return to normal, the weaving factory once again commenced operation and in 1923 started their own dye finishing. Adolf did not know much about dyeing fabrics, but he soon learnt all he needed to know and the business grew substantially. This was an important step for the company in independence & flexibility as they could now weave and dye their own fabrics. During this period the quality of the fabrics improved dramatically.

In these early days they manufactured many fabrics including velveteen , wool, cotton & mohair. They had outlets for their product all over the world & even exported coloured printed plush to Africa & imitation Persian lamb fabrics to Canada.

In 1938 Adolf Helmbold died and left his business to his to sons Ludwig & Karl, who continued manufacturing plush fabrics through the war years. It was during this period that Mohair became impossible to get hold of and they instead started weaving artificial silk fabrics. It was not until the end of World War II that they began re-manufacturing mohair fabric, but also continued with the silk fabrics as they had become popular with the toy industry.

In 1948 Karl Helmbold died and this left Ludwig to run the company on his own. As Germany was under communist rule, he was given only limited management responsibilities. Things became difficult for the company as by the end of the 1950's the import of mohair fibre was limited by the government and by the end of the 1960's was stopped altogether. Helmbold then had to concentrate solely on to the manufacture of artificial silk. On the 15th April 1972, the Communist Government forcibly took over the Helmbold property, after 72 years of being run and funded by the Helmbold family. In the following years they manufactured fabric but had to conform to the governments requirements. They were forced to produce only synthetic plush, machines were thrown away and the experience of the employees was ignored.

In 1985 Ludwig Helmbold died. He died an angry & frustrated man due to the government's actions and the result of 2 generations under oppression of the state. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the impossible became once again possible. A re-starting of the Helmbold weaving tradition in Oberweid. In the Spring of 1990 the daughter of Ludwig Helmbold, Edeltraud Neubert and her husband Manfred Neubert (both engineers), organised a petition to claim back their property. Since January 1991 Helmbold Ltd has been managed by Edeltraud Neubert with the support of her sons, Stefan & Burkhard.

They once again began to manufacture fabrics made from natural fibres - e.g. Mohair, cotton, wool, alpaca for the toy and clothing industries. The Helmbold name continues successfully and their fabrics are exported all over the world. Adolf Helmbold would certainly be a very proud man today.

Beary Cheap have been importing Helmbold fabrics into Australia since 1994 and during that period, have developed a very good relationship with the Helmbold family.

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Beary Cheap are suppliers of teddy bear making supplies, helmbold mohair, koogee synthetics, fur fabrics, faux fur, synthetic, synthetic fabric, teddy bear patterns, artist patterns by Sindy Smith, Ruth Parsons, Kympatti bears, Sue Ann Holcombe, Leslie Stipanov and many Australian Artists. teddy bear kits, teddy bears, clothing, fabric dye, glass eyes, alive eyes, german glass eyes, english glass eyes, our teddy bear supplies also include air brushing equipment, copic markers, needle felting supplies and books for felting bears and animals. We supply wholesale teddy bear making supplies including wholesale mohair, helmbold mohair, koogee synthetics, fur fabrics, faux fur, synthetic, synthetic fabric, teddy bear patterns, teddy bear kits, teddy bears, bear clothing, glass eyes, alive eyes, german glass eyes, english glass eyes, our teddy bear supplies also include air brushing equipment, copic markers, needle felting supplies and books for felting bears and animals. Artist patterns by Sindy Smith, Ruth Parsons, Kympatti bears, Sue Ann Holcombe, Leslie Stipanov and many Australian Artists.