These cat dolls look so life-like you’d think they’re alive

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These cat dolls look so life-like you’d think they’re alive

At first glance, you’d think Okinawa-based artist Hinari’s cats were real, but a closer look (or a gentle touch) will reveal they’re actually realistic, needle-felted dolls!

Taking up needle felting five years ago, Hinari has mastered the craft, as proven by the realism with which she makes animals such as cats, dogs, hamsters, and bunnies. Her wool artworks have become so popular in Japan that many are commissioning her to recreate their deceased pets as wool sculptures.

On her Instagram account, Hinari reveals her meticulous creative process: she first sculpts the eyes, nose, and ears onto a clump of wool, then builds the body using a wire frame as a guide. Hinari finishes the artwork by placing the animal inside…

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