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Where would children be without Velcro fasteners? Nowadays, children learn to tie their shoes much later in their development because Velcro strips fasten many of their first pairs of shoes. The Velcro fastener (more specifically called a hook and loop fastener) consists of two components: a lineal fabric strip with tiny hooks that could “mate” with another fabric strip with smaller loops, attaching temporarily, until pulled apart. The term Velcro, given to the name of the company that manufactured the fasteners is a combination of the French words velours (“velvet”), and crochet (“hook”).