Festival Hat for a Palaung Woman
The most recent of the ‘hilltribes’ to migrate into northern Thailand, the Palaung are from Burma. We bought this colorful hat from the lady who made it. A lot of time went into adding all the beads and hemispherical metal embellishments. Additional strings of beads form long tassels and give it a jaunty air. The base fabric is a lovely, intense peacock blue that is less intense in the photos. This is a fun example of the evolution of traditional hats, as these groups now have access to market materials. It appears to be in unworn, like-new condition.
Size: 7 in. across x 5.5 in. high