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A Tiger for a Crown

22 drawings
Colour pencils on paper, 30 x 21 cm

According to a tradition existing in certain areas of China, when a baby is born he/she should receive a hat (called "tiger hat") as a gift to protect him/her from bad spirits and for good fortune. The hats are handcrafted with colourful fabrics and embroidery. As most of the activities that involve a lot of time and craft skills, this is an almost extinct tradition. I found many hats for sale as antiques on Taobao, which is the biggest e-commerce platform in China. These drawings are made from a selection of the photos I saw in the advertisements.

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