Ge, Xiao Xie, 44, seamstress.

“I was born in an area with lots of mountains, trees and rolling hills. I used to sit and do my homework in the shade of a tree, looking up at a mountain. It sounds very romantic now but I didn’t enjoy studying – I only did what I had to do!”



“I married into one of the villages close to the factory over 20 years ago. The other seamstresses here also come from that village and we often bicycle to work together. It only takes ten minutes or so.”



When we asked Ge to smile for the camera she shouted “AUBERGINE!” The Chinese version of saying cheese for the camera. We were all smiling. Her personality was infectious.

Ge, Xiao Xie, is a seamstress who works on the upholstery on our Juliette benches

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