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|Born|| October 31, 1955
|Known for||Cabbage Patch Kids|
His story begins by placing him near the American Folk art movement of the late 1970s,[ambiguous] He 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, he created a type of doll he called "Little People". He and a small group of friends began to travel from state to state in the southeastern United States attending various folk art exhibitions. At them, he began selling these handcrafted dolls he called "babies". Going into business as Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc., he started producing them at a converted medical clinic in his hometown of Cleveland, which he rechristened "Babyland General Hospital".
Appropriation of the Cabbage Patch Kids idea
According to a media report, Cabbage Patch Kids were initially designed and sold by Martha Nelson Thomas. She refused permission to Roberts to sell them, so he created his own version. She sued him in 1975 with a trial occurring in 1985 culminating in an out of court settlement.
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.
- The Secret History of Cabbage Patch Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSk84zU1RuM
- The Cabbage Patch Kids' Twisted History https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-cabbage-patch-kids-twisted-history-117266351832.html
- Hoffman, William, Fantasy: The Incredible Cabbage Patch Phenomenon. ISBN 0-87833-386-X
Vice, "The secret history of cabbage patch kids" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSk84zU1RuM
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