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Cultural Symbols and thier significance

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Symbol for love and longevity

While taking some time to look at some cultural symbols I found one that was particularly interesting. In the spirit of the Olympics being in Beijing, China I chose to use this symbol. The symbol is for “love and longevity”, the website states the meaning of it is “This symbol increases its favor with the beholder as it also includes the presence of the butterfly. The Chinese symbol and meaning of the butterfly is that of young love, specifically undying love. Story has it that a young male scholar was deeply in love with a rich man’s daughter who returned his love. Being a poor scholar, the young man was rejected by the young woman’s father. The father separated the couple, and forbid them from seeing each other. Heartbroken, the lovers die, and are reunited in death. Reincarnated as butterflies, the two are together forever.” In my opinion in makes me think of Romeo and Juliet with a different sort of twist. The thought of an eternal love sounds so wonderful and so worth fighting for.

As far as fashion goes, this symbol can be adapted in a few ways. I think it can be used as an appropriate accent to a wedding dress. I think it can also be adapted into silk scarves and lining of coats. I also think that it would be in interesting fabric pattern for coats too.

Chinese Hydrengea

Chinese Hydrengea

I also went on a search for flower symbols. I found one that I thought would be meaningful. The Chinese Hydrangea is defined as ” A symbol expressing love, gratitude, and enlightenment. It is said that the observer can easily get lost in it’s abundance of beautiful petals, and thus gets lost in ones own thoughts – propitiating higher thought and reaching enlightenment. Due to it’s versatility, and beauty, the hydrangea makes an excellent thank you gift to an unsung hero in our lives.” I think that also has a lot to do with the personality of the person wearing it. I often times find myself lost in my own thoughts. I try to live my life as peacefully as possible.

I believe that this symbol can be adapted into today’s fashion in several ways. I think that you can adapt this pattern into a dress. I also believe it would also make an interesting pattern on a bridal dress or a bridesmaids dress too.

These symbols are beautiful. They are very versatile and if used in the right way can make a statement about the wearer. I think looking into different cultures for inspiration is a good way to learn about life’s many meanings with just a little symbol.

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