Hat

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: Apr 11, 2012

Posted by Alex L

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Considering feathers are very common here, alot of things have them, fashion accessories such as headbands, earrings, feather scarfs, on hats, skirts, vests, and costumes. There is also a stick (made of bamboo or wood, I'm not sure) that asian parents use to discpline their children with (sometimes) with feathers on it, but i think they are just chicken feathers. But then again thats not a textile and I don't really know the reason they put the feathers on the stick. Alot of fashion designers, also use feathers for their outfits, I think Alexander Mcqueen had one too that resembled a swan?

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