Object Name: Festival Hat
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China, Northern China, Shanxi
Period: Late 19th to mid 20th century
Date: 1880 - 1950
Dimensions: L 17 cm x W 11 cm x H 17 cm x 25 cm in diameter
Materials: Silk; silk floss; gold foil/leaf; cardboard; cotton thread
Techniques: Satin; brocaded; embroidered; satin stitch; couched; Peking stitch; stem stitch; netted; appliquéd; glued
Notes from the Textile Museum of Canada: 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.