Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kingfisher Feather Hair Ornaments

In Chapter One of The Green Phoenix, there is mention of Bumbutai's wedding coronet, which is made of blue kingfisher feather inlays. Here are images of two such headdresses:-

The use of kingfisher feather in hair ornaments has a long history in China. Here's an article that gives a little historical information and describes the process of the craft of "tian tsui" (點翠) :-

China Blues: The Ancient Art of Tian Tsui.


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