Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人

Bristle doll maker Bai Dacheng has been designated a master artist of Chinese intangible culture and is renowned for his Peking Opera-based figures. Fifty years ago, when Bai was an airplane-maintenance student at the university, he learned to make the dolls from another artist. As with many other folk artists, Bai’s production process is a family affair. As he became flooded with orders in the 1980s, his wife and son began to help him assemble and paint the dolls. Bai is now 70 years old and, according to his son, is so talented that his bristle dolls are considered art. Bai sells his work on Golden Street in Beijing, near the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts.