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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What are the symbolic images embroidered on this collar and what do they mean?

responded: Jan 30, 2012

Posted by Travis Komarnisky

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For me, accessories serve as decoration rather than creating ease and efficiency in my life. I wear the same ring and 2 bracelets as reminders of specific moments in my life. Often my jewellery and accessories are found items; the metal bangle/cuff on my right wrist was found in a parking lot in Quebec City centre-ville. Looking at it brings me back to that moment and therefore possesses a much deeper meaning than a bit of sparkle on my wrist. I do though, because I'm a waif, wear belts to prevent getting caught with my pants down!

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