This is a charming small black bead embroidery hat based on a Victorian design called a bustle hat. It is very functional and can be worn interchangeably as a simple day hat, a Gothic wedding veil, or a veil of mourning. The tulle falls are in two separate layers, allowing the face veil to be gathered back and secured with a velvet ribbon when wearing as a hat, or loosed and pulled forward over the face as a veil. It can also be used with Steampunk attire. The headpiece was beaded in black, red and cobalt blue with the classic motif of the Sacred Blue Lotus which was a common theme in Victorian and Edwardian times, and on into the Art Deco period. This motif harkens back to ancient Egypt, where the blue lotus was considered a symbol of birth, life and death and was commonly found painted into scenes on palace and temple walls. The full central bloom features a large vintage jet button, and represents life in its prime, while on one side a new bud is arising, signifying rebirth; on the other, a spent bud turns downward to disappear under the surface of the water, signifying death. Also incorporated into the design is is a jeweled black heart, signifying love and remembrance. The underside of the headpiece is backed in felt and then covered with a soft black velvet overlayer and trimmed with an embellished black velvet ribbon all around. Two sturdy hair clips hold the hat secure. This piece was entirely handmade and handsewn. The only machine stitching occurs in the under hemming of the velvet facing.