This is a hat for the new born baby, a blessing from the mother.
Three different fruits are embroidered on the top of the hat (click on the links for more stories about the symbolism);
Peach – symbolizes longevity,
Promegranate – symbolizes fertility,
Buddha’s Finger – symbolizes happiness.
Embroidered n the back flap are the symbols of;
the word “壽” – longevity,
卐 – “Swastika” – luck,
Double Bat – double blessing.
All the good thoughts from the mother to the child.
A wood carved stamp for printing pattern on fabric in India, a bunta.
Wonder what the pattern will look like with this stencil?
W220xH300mm, Hong Kong
Dragon is a symbol for the Chinese emperor. It is believed that a long long time ago, the emperor he asked for a cauldron to be made as a record of his achievement. Ceremony was organised for the revealing of the cauldron and all the citizen as well as the saints are invited. The cauldron was over 3m tall, glittering bronze surface with a casting of a dragon flying through the cloud. While everyone is admiring the cauldron, the sky darkened, looking up they saw a dragon flying towards cauldron. Having completed all his tasks on earth, the emperor rode on the dragon and returned to the sky.
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This is fine piece of embroidery on silk.
A corner is trimmed back on this perfect square, a minimal cutting for the costume.
A Du Dou, a traditional undergarment.
The curve is placed on the collar with a string tied around the neck, strings from the two diagonal corners tied around the body.
Chrysanthemum and peony flowers are the theme of the embroidery, symbolizing happiness and wealth.
Here is a demonstration of how this is worn.
Today is Tango no Sekku, Boy’s day, in Japan. Along with the Koinobori (carp banner), figurines will be placed inside of the house. It is believed that these figurines will protect the child; offering bravery and well being.
This is a lucky tiger – Fuku Tora, made with cloth.
Comparing to the Chinese cloth tiger, it looks more innocent.
A wrapped around skirt of the Miao tribe.
The Miao tribe made their own costume, fabric from scratch.
Starting from the plant, making threads, weaving, wax resist painting, dyeing, making a costume.
Please watch this amazing documentary about the Miao and the hemp, it is a million time better than I can describe in words.
European Size 41
The name “Thousand Layer Sole” came from the fact that the sole is made with numerous layer of cloth held together with rice glue and hand stitching. It is a common way of making traditional shoes in China, according to the archaeologists the technique has been around since the Zhou dynasty (700 BC).
Click to see how it is made, maybe you can try making it at home!
And here is how mom has learnt it as a child.
European Size 38, China
The first record of slipper in China were found in the Nan Song Dynasty 1200 AD, not invention but in a travel log for a visit to India, a pair of shoes with open heel must be a novelty to the ambassador. It is recorded in detail that there are 2 types; one type is probably the ancestor of flip flop (the paduka), it has a leather sole and a tiny bone in the middle, one would wear it with the tiny bone in between the toes. The second type has a red leather strap that run around the sole of the slipper (who anyone know what is this other type that the traveller has seen/).
A wall hanger embroidery, use for festivities such as birthday for the elders or for new born babies.
The embroidery is full of well wishes;
Blossom of the Four Season Flowers – (Narcissus, Lotus, Chrysanthemum, Plum) representing good fortune all year round.
Dragon & Phoenix – (Dragon a concept of mammals, fish and reptiles while the phoenix of the birds) the combination of the dragon and the phoenix is the totality, the perfect match.
Kirin Delivery of a Baby Boy – (legend of how Confucius was born) and of course every parents would like to have a son as smart as Confucius.
Ru Yi and the Birthday Peach – (man on a horse was holding a scepter and a birthday peach). The birthday peach representing longevity while the decorative scepter has the name of “as you wish”.
For the Chinese New Year, it is common for the parents to make tiger theme costume for their children. We have incorporated the tiger pattern with the biker’s head wrap which make it more fashionable for teenager and adults alike.
Tiger is admired for its strength and bravery, it is believe that not only will the tiger protect the children but they will also grow up to be as strong as the tiger.
See our our tiger items.
Original tiger hats are also available.
We will like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Chinese New Year!
Kung Kei Fat Choy!
The shop will be closed during the festival and reopen again on 4th February (Tue) Chinese New Year day 5.