As children grew older the hats they wore transitioned away from trying to ward off danger, and instead focused on bringing good luck on examinations which could determine a child’s future. The animal shapes and bright colors of their childhood gave way to darker hues and more complicated symbolism versus the blatant animals of younger children’s hats. The ‘melon’ hats worn by adults were first donned during this stage of a child’s life, and the comfortable protections of youth disappeared.
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