Chinese Phoenix Bridal Hat 點翠九鳳冠
This is a bridal (wedding) hat decorated with nine phoenixes. The blue parts are applied kingfisher feathers.
Taiwan Hakka Bridal Crown and Veil
This is a Hakka bridal (wedding) crown and veil from Taiwan. It is decorated with plastic flowers and glass beads. This hat and ones like it were used around the 1940s.
Brass Foil Bridal Hat #1
This bridal hat is constructed using thin brass foil and paper and decorated with blue paint and red and blue pom-poms. The blue paint imitates the very expensive kingfisher feathers seen in the bridal hat above. The hat is lined with cotton fabric and has a veil made from strings of glass beads (of which only four survive). The beads hang from the mouths of small brass phoenixes.
Brass Foil Nine Phoenix Hat #2
This is a wedding hat decorated with nine Phoenixes. Once, it was richly decorated with kingfisher feathers, but almost all of the feathers have been lost over the years. There are a lot of different sized and coloured pom-poms that decorate it. The red glass beads are actually clear glass balls filled with red candle wax. There is a veil of seven strings of coloured glass beads that hand from the mouths of phoenixes. There are nine phoenixes in total so two of the glass strings must have been lost. The base textile has faded but all the elements of the hat are original.