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In some African languages, the word “head” implies “leader.” Hats are used accordingly as indicators of status. In the Congo, eagle feathers trim the hats belonging to the highest official because eagles are the most powerful birds in the daytime sky. Lesser officials wear owl, parrot and guinea-fowl feathers – the latter adorn the top of this hat.


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Where else have you seen feathers used as decoration?

responded: Sep 20, 2011

Posted by felicia

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One of the coolest ideas I've ever seen using feathers as decoration is on a dress designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. The dress starts out as a the traditional "Breton" shirt and gradually becomes a gown of black and white feathers. I had the pleasure of seeing this dress up close and in real life at the designer's exhibit in Montreal this summer. Mind was BLOWN! The picture shows Caroline Princess of Monaco wearing the most epic striped sweater ever, the lucky duck!

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