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Festival hat | China | Late 19th Century| Hats embodying the shapes of animals, were worn by Chinese children to protect them from evil spirits and to ensure their future successes. Animals were understood to bestow unique abilities such as strength and power. These hats were given to mark special occasions. There were several types of hats: a first month cap, given when a child reaches one month old; an open crown cap, worn in infancy, and; a dog head cap to mark the first birthday.

Festival hat | China | Late 19th Century| Hats embodying the shapes of animals, were worn by Chinese children to protect them from evil spirits and to ensure their future successes. Animals were understood to bestow unique abilities such as strength and power. These hats were given to mark special occasions. There were several types of hats: a first month cap, given when a child reaches one month old; an open crown cap, worn in infancy, and; a dog head cap to mark the first birthday.

Chinese Children's Festival Hat~Image © Textile Museum of Canada

Chinese Children's Festival Hat~Image © Textile Museum of Canada

Collection Detail | Textile Museum of Canada Collection and Exhibitions

Collection Detail | Textile Museum of Canada Collection and Exhibitions

Chinese Children's Festival Hat~Image © Textile Museum of Canada

Chinese Children's Festival Hat~Image © Textile Museum of Canada

Chinese Children's Festival Hat~Image © 2015 Textile Museum of Canada

Chinese Children's Festival Hat~Image © 2015 Textile Museum of Canada

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