Cloth Tigers: Liu Qingha

Cloth tiger artist Liu Qingha comes from a family of folk artists. Her father made opera costumes, paintings, and paper cuts, and her mother made tiger hats and shoes. The work of her parents inspires Liu to uphold folk art traditions in the face of modernization.

Before making cloth tigers, Liu worked with other folk artists making quilts and weaving cloth. Liu worked alone when she started making cloth tigers, but as her business grew she employed friends and now over one hundred people in her village work for her.

While her business was very difficult to maintain at first, and her first employees were skeptical of its possibility for success, women now come to her frequently and ask for employment because of her good reputation.