A talented man has become famous on Chinese social media by peddling intricately embroidered works on a Changsha street made without the help of hands and fingers.
When he was just 5 years old, Xiaolou had to have his arms amputated after being electrocuted by a high-voltage line. After the accident, he lost his confidence and didn’t venture out much. As time went by, he slowly learned how to use his feet to do simple things like dress himself and eat meals, NetEase reports.
At the age of 21, his life changed when he took an interest in cross-stitching after watching a neighbor at work.
He took lessons from his neighbor and bought materials for himself to practice with at home.
As you can imagine, it was tough going at first. Xiaolou’s toes began to feel like pincushions as he struggled with how to keep control of the needle.
By the time that he was 24, he seems to have gotten the hang of it and set off to sell his works in big cities across China. His first stop was Shanghai. There, one kindhearted customer bought one of his works for over 1,000 yuan. This big payday has inspired him ever since.
In the short term, Xiaolou hopes to make enough money to buy his mom a washing machine. In the long term, he wants to be able to find a girlfriend and run a business of his own.
While we can barely walk in a straight line, over the years we’ve witnessed some people that can do incredible things with only their feet.
Earlier this month, we reported on a woman from Shandong with cerebral palsy who has managed to type out four books by foot over a 10-year span. Last year, we featured a 49-year-old woman from Ningxia who uses her feet to give her husband hair cuts.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]