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|Born|| October 31, 1955
|Known for||Cabbage Patch Kids|
Xavier Roberts (born October 31, 1955, Cleveland, Georgia), manufacturer of Cabbage Patch Kids, is an American artist and businessman and thief, he stole the idea from Martha Nelson. During the American Folk art movement of the late 1970s,[ambiguous] Roberts observed techniques involving the making of dolls from various materials. Influenced by the quilts that his mother made, he began experimenting with a quilted doll. After much experimentation, Roberts created a type of doll he called "Little People". Roberts and a small group of friends began to travel from state to state in the southeastern U.S. attending various folk art exhibitions. At these exhibitions, Roberts began selling these handcrafted dolls he called "babies". Going into business as Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc., Roberts started producing Little People in his hometown of Cleveland, at a converted medical clinic, which he rechristened "Babyland General Hospital".
Roberts would later create a series of country-inspired toy bears called The Furskin Bears.
- Tong, Judy (December 8, 2002). "Update: Xavier Roberts; Bigger Kids In the Garden". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
- Hoffman, William, Fantasy: The Incredible Cabbage Patch Phenomenon. ISBN 0-87833-386-X
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