Paper Fashions for the Afterlife

Originally a Taoist ritual for ancestor worship, the burning of joss paper money (aka ghost money) honoured the dead on special holidays and occasions. The ritual varies amongst Taoist believers but has the same purpose of sending good things to those in the afterlife. In more recent years paper mache goods including clothes, shoes, and off-brand luxury goods have been made for the ceremony.

 

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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