Cloud collar

The name “cloud collar” comes from the shape of this collar’s lobes, or petals, which are often layered. Women wore these collars over robes for special occasions. The cloud shapes represent abundance. At one time, the neck opening symbolized the Sky Gate (the entrance to heaven), and the lobes, pointing in four directions, represented the universe in miniature.

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Of your accessories, which do you wear strictly for decoration and which have a function?

responded: Jul 13, 2011

Posted by Connie

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I have an enormous amount of accesories which are worn primarily for decoration. I have a collection of fascinators and fancy hats that I wear when I want to stand out of the crowd or when I am feeling festive. I would say that some of my accessories might have a symbolic function, if not a practical one. One of those accessories would be a necklace with a locket containing the passport photos of my grandparents when they moved to Canada from Italy. Each of my female relatives were given this necklace and locket after the death of both my grandparents. When I wear this necklace, I wear it to not only for its aesthetic effect, but also to honour my family ties to my relatives, both alive and passed.

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