In Bolivia, a woman makes custom-made teddy bears from the clothes of deceased relatives and thus helps relatives survive the loss.
For inventing and sewing each toy, Mary McInnes usually spends about six hours. If desired, the artist can make a pocket on the bear’s back for letters and souvenirs.
“Someone wants to keep a memory of their children or someone who has died in this way. Sometimes such toys can be a small substitute for a loved one who has been away for a while,” artist Mary McInnes explains.
There are also those who ask to make a toy out of a beloved pet’s belongings. Mary doesn’t turn anyone down.