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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 17 cm x W 13 cm x H 17 cm x 25 cm in diameter
Materials: Silk; silk floss; gold foil/leaf; cardboard
Techniques: Cotton; satin; brocaded; embroidered; satin stitch; buttonhole stitch; couched; netted; appliquéd; padded; twill woven
ID Number: T90.0166
Credit: Anonymous gift

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.