Ethnic hats for babies, women and men from Chinese minorities, Hilltribes of Southeast Asia, and Central Asia.
Heavily ornamented with old earrings, coins, beads, chains, dangles, and odd bits of jewelry, this fanciful hat probably came from Afghanistan, tho we don’t know from which group. It is in the style of Turkoman hats we have had, but the ornament is different. Age, too, is difficult to determine, tho it is probably from the last half of the 20th century. Regardless, it would be a great addition to a hat collection.
Size: 6.75 in. across x 4.5 in to crown; 12.5 in. tail
From a Miao group in southwest China, this small hat is probably for a boy due to the backflap/tail. It has a strong graphic pattern of spirals done in applique with outlines of silk-wrapped horsehair. A special complex knot at the center tops it off. Condition is used, with wear to the edges and on the top, plus some repairs.
Size: 5.5″dia. x 4.25″h.
Very tiny, this old Miao baby hat from China is small in every respect: the indigo-dyed cotton is very finely woven, and the embroidery is so tiny that it can barely be seen as cross stitches. Done with a single thread, the edging and all other stitching is all by hand. This is a very sweet hat. Condition is good, with no holes, but some soil. Priced accordingly.
Size: 5.5 in. across x 3.5 in. high at the ears
This tiny hat from the Miao people is perfect for a small baby. Simple in style, but sweet in decoration, it could be worn by either a boy or girl. Quilted red silk satin forms the hat, with small ‘ears’ formed by stuffing the corners. The front panel is silk and decorated with lively hand-embroidered botanical motifs in silk. The hat is not new, but does not show a lot of wear like most we see now- probably because it was quickly outgrown. It would be very cute displayed in a collection.
Size: 7.75 in. x 5 in. when flat; about 5 in. across when open.