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Festival Hat

Type: Clothing - Headwear
Object Name: Festival Hat
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China, Northern China, Shanxi
People: Han
Period: Late 19th to mid 20th century
Date: 1880 - 1970
Dimensions: L 25.5 cm x W 51 cm x H 28 cm x 17 cm in diameter
Materials: Silk; silk floss; cotton thread; cardboard; bamboo; gold foil/leaf
Techniques: Satin; plain woven; damask; embroidered; straight stitch; basketweave stitch; Peking knot; padded; appliquéd; fringed
ID Number: T85.0711
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

For special occasions, Chinese mothers dress their young children in hats representing powerful animals such as tigers. It was believed that tigers frightened away evil spirits and ensured a prosperous future.