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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Why is the tiger sticking out its tongue?

responded: Mar 29, 2012

Posted by Mahmood Husain

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I think he is sticking his tongue out to tone down the serious or scary connotations associated with the tiger. A serious looking tiger hat would not have been too festive to wear or to look at. The tongue adds an air of jubliance.

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