The clothing worn by the Imperial family in the Forbidden City was beautiful to look at, but the symbols used in a court robe also told an important story. Auspicious symbols–symbols that were important or lucky--were embroidered on the robe as wishes for happiness, longevity, and wealth.
The Emperor’s court robe symbolized the universe. Only the Emperor was allowed to wear the Imperial gold colour, and every Emperor’s robe contains the twelve symbols of leadership:
You will need:
- Cardboard or Bristol board
- A photo of yourself
- Markers or crayons
- Embellishments (stickers, felt, feathers, rhinestones, sequins, buttons, beads, etc.)
- Your imagination!
STEP 1: Print the downloadable template (PDF), along with a small photo of yourself.
STEP 2: Cut out your face from the photo and glue it in place between the court robe and the hat.
STEP 3: Glue the template to some card stock or leftover cardboard, like a cereal box.
STEP 4: Cut out the robe and hat.
STEP 5: Colour in and decorate the robe with auspicious Chinese symbols, or choose symbols and images that are lucky to you.
STEP 6: Show off your new Imperial court robe and tweet a picture to @ROMkids. Use #ROMKidsFC to tag your photo!