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: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Guillermo Sanchez-Reynoldo

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The animal I would most aspire to be is the giraffe. I would likely have a giraffe hat made for me. Giraffes are always reaching upwards, towards the highest heights that can possibly be attained while on land. I strive to reach high, to constantly be improving myself. I set personal goals that, most would not think of reaching, but are only possible for me due to my unnaturally long reach. The giraffe is a magnificent land animal; the tallest land animal on earth. If I could aspire to that, nothing would ever be too far out of my grasp. My life would be golden. My hat, therefore, would embody a golden giraffe looking stoically into the distance, at some seemingly unattainable goal.

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