The gold tassels are two Shaolin daggers – a third is in the sash near the center of the back. The white tassel on the Miao Dao indicates a sharpened weapon to be used in mortal combat. By the time the FedEx package (originally due Saturday; then revised by FedEx to Tuesday but actually delivered on 3:20 Monday) was unwrapped and the camera charged the sun had set so white silks seemed like the best choice. We’ll likely shoot again shortly and see how the sword and knives look with blue, red and black.