Cloth Tiger 

Cloth tiger is a popular folk art in China. Chinese people regard tiger as a symbol to ward off evils and to protect wealth. On the Dragon Boat Festival, people like to make cloth tigers or draw tiger pictures on the forehead, hoping to bring health, strength and braveness. There are various types of cloth tigers.

The materials used and procedures are different. Usually people use cotton or silk and fill it with sawdust or bran of grain. People use color-drawing, embroidering, cutting or patching to draw the facial outline and decorative pattern. People usually make tigers to have big head, big eyes, big mouth and big tail to show that it is courageous and powerful.

Besides the Dragon Boat Festival, on certain occasions, such as Spring festival or Lantern festival, people make cloth tigers as a wish to ward off evils, to prevent illness and to be lucky.