Mannequin Factory Tour
Shenzhen Adventure Day 2026 Jun 2015
A question you dread your child asking – where do mannequins come from?
Well in today’s blog, we’ll find out!
This factory was very perspective changing. Usually, people think of China as being for knock-off or unoriginal products, but the Mannequin Factory was somewhat akin to a pop-art-at-scale Andy Warhol-esque plant. There were a lot of original ideas and very skilled hand craftsmen. The company owner/head artist was a very charismatic Chinese man, he gave us a really wonderful tour of his facility!
Check out some of the really cool pieces designed here:
A mannequin starts with a sculptor making a small mockup to play with style and form:
Then the sculptor produces a master mannequin:
From that mannequin, molds are made:
From the molds, mannequins are cast:
The factory operates at a pretty large scale!
I like this show because you can see casts being freshly opened and queued for the next phase.
After casting, the mannequins are powdercoated/painted/glossed.
After painting, blemishes are marked and repaired:
Optionally, cosmetics (or other finishing touches) are applied:
They keep copies of various parts of mannequins that they have produced in the past, in case they want to reference old work.
This factory also has an on-site water treatment facility
It was not quite as involved as the one at the leather treatment facility, but this factory does do a lot of sanding and painting so they treat their waste water on-site.
There are definitely odd things to see in a mannequin factory, or if not odd, visually striking sights. Here are a few images, left without comment:
I got a really fantastic parting gift at this factory… an arm!
This will be fun to take through customs…
I’d love to do a project with it like turn it into a handy desk lamp. It’s made of a very nice quality wood.