Cloth Tigers: Liu Qingha
Artist At Work

Although Liu never had a formal art education, she says that innovative designs for toys come to her naturally and easily.

All of Liu’s employees collaborate to make each cloth tiger. From separate stations within the same workshop, and from home, parts are individually created and then combined. While one woman uses a funnel to pack sawdust into the cloth body of the tiger at the workshop, other women cut out fabric pieces, glue pieces of cloth onto the tiger’s body, and sew the ears together before attaching them to the body. Other women make the bodies and whiskers of the tigers at home. Every day the women produce about sixty to seventy tigers.