Tiger hat

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. While fierce in nature, the tiger on this hat is portrayed as non-hostile and charming. Behind each ear is a beautiful embroidered butterfly symbolizing happiness.


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If a festival hat was made for you, which animal would you choose and which of its qualities would you hope were transmitted to you?

responded: Apr 1, 2010

Posted by Sara Munroe

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My hat would include a blend of wolf and domesticated dog features. The wolf’s qualities that I would like to be transmitted through my hat would be their family-oriented lifestyle. For instance, the alpha male and female mate for life, they choose to live in a pack, and often show affection for one another. Wolves also share the duties of raising the offspring of other pack-members and take care of the sick and injured until they are nursed back to health. The domesticated dog aspect of my hat would give me the ability to love unconditionally and the constant determination to please my family members to earn their unconditional love in return.

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