Exhibition: Good Beginnings – Children’s Hats and Clothing from China

Textile Museum of Canada - Chinese Children's Hats

Exhibition dates: 11 February – 24 May 2015

One of the most eloquent textile expressions of China is the embroidery undertaken for the delight and protection of children. Among the most elaborate are hats in the shapes of animals, as well as collars, bibs, vests and shoes brightly decorated and embellished with good luck symbols. For festivals and special occasions, Chinese mothers and grandmothers dressed their children in handmade hats representing powerful animals – tigers, dragons, rabbits and bats – which were believed to bestow a child with strength and power, frighten away evil spirits and ensure a prosperous future.

Presented to commemorate the Textile Museum of Canada’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition draws from one of the largest and earliest donations to the museum’s collections and celebrates the richness of Chinese culture and traditions.

For more information, visit the website of the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.

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