The glove puppet itself is an artwork made as a cooperation between the head sculptur, the tailor and finally brought to life on the hand of the puppet master.
The Taiwanese glove puppet
The traditional Taiwanese glove puppet is rather small, see the image below of The old mother that is the same size. The head is made out of camphor wood (even though Sorkjord uses bamboo or Swedish wood like linden).
The body of the puppet consists of an inner glove and an outer glove.
The outer glove (see image of The old mother below), is what gives the puppet volume, while the flexible inner glove enables the puppeteer to move and turn their hand in an almost invisible fashion. The stiffer outer glove floats outside the inner glove and keeps volume and shape of the puppets' body while the puppeteer turns their hand.
The Sorkfjord Glove Puppet Workshop
The Sorkfjord Glove Puppet Workshop in Killeberg, Sweden, is a full featured workshop for manufacturing of glove puppets. Heads are sculpted and clothes tailored according to the demands of the play or the wish of the client.