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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    Asia: East Asia, China, Northwest China

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Why is the tiger sticking out its tongue?

responded: Jul 27, 2012

Posted by VIC224Y - Intro to Material Culture Uoft

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The hat is mainly created out of cardboard, paper foil, heavy cotton thread, and various types of silk, including silk floss. During most dynasty periods, such as the Qing dynasty, only those who were rich were able to wear silk. This leads me to believe that a young boy who belonged to the upper class society owned the hat. The majority of the hat was constructed by using various embroidery and stitching techniques such as straight stitch, couching, peking stitch, stem stitch, and buttonhole stitch. When the colours yellow, blue white, red, and black are coexist on a textile, they symbolise, “the threads of life.” Each colour is thought to stand for different natural elements of the world. The purpose of these five colours coexisting on one textile is supposed to protect the wearing from all harm. Almost every colour can be found on the festival hat, however upon first glance the most predominant colours shown are orange, blue, black, red, pink, and green. Black represents the colour for young boys, blue is for healing and immortality, orange is for adaptability and the strengthening of concentration, green is for health and compassion, and pink is for love. Lastly, red represents long life, happiness, and good luck.

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