Japanese dakimakura (better known as body pillows), are the staple in every otaku's life. Without one, it can be rightfully assumed that this person has not yet found their waifu/husbando soulmate, or they are too daunted by the idea of failure in picking out the perfect fabric. Now, while this guide will not help you in finding your one true love (or many, whatever you're into), it will help you in identifying the best fabric fit for your body and budget! 《《o(≧◇≦)o》
This fabric will be adored by your wallet! It's the cheapest and most basic out of all four. To put in simpler terms, it's polyester. However, even though it may not be the softest cloud on the market, it is one of the more durable options. It doesn't rip or fade and has great picture quality! The reason for this is the smooth nature of the fabric.
This guy is a step up from peach skin but still the average Joe of the group. While it doesn't excel in any particular area, it doesn't disappoint either. Picture quality is quite good and when referring to softness, it has peach skin beat.
This fabric has long been associated with royalty. In other words, it's for those who have the time and patience to take care of this bi-polar thread. It will not serve you long in terms of durability. Another downside is the picture quality which isn't as defined as other fabrics due to the nature of velvet. A piece like this is really for those who will love it for it's pampering feel.
Two-Way Tricot (2way tricot)
This is the God among Gods! It has the best picture quality! It's softness-o-meter is off the charts! Best of all, it will last FOREVER!! This tends to be the most expensive fabric as well, but who has ever heard of a cheap god? Exactly, no one. So if you have money to spare then this really should be your number one choice when deciding to buy your dakimakura. o(*>ω<*)o