Rooster Hat

This traditional “rooster” hat is believed to have protective powers, and was worn by a child during Hmong New Year celebrations. The Hmong people use several different appliqué techniques including the fold-and-tuck method seen here. The different colours of cloth create a rainbow effect, which the Hmong believe scares away snakes and other creatures.

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    Asia: South East Asia, Thailand

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    Asia: South East Asia, Thailand, Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai Province

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    Asia: South East Asia, Thailand

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    Asia: South East Asia, Thailand

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What does the yellow, white and red grid represent on the side of this hat design?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Andretta Hawthorne

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I think the image respresents a building. This building could be a home or a place of worship. It would represent protective walls surrounding the person from the bad things outside of the walls in the world because a home or place of worship is a place where you should feel safe and loved unlike the uncertainties of the outside world. Dull (dingy yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy. White means safety, purity and cleanliness. Dark red is associated with vigour, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath. Source:

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