Festival Hat for a Sani Woman
This elaborate old festival hat is from the Sani people, a subgroup of the Yi, who live near the famous Stone Forest in Yunnan Province, China. It consists of a cap edged with rows of handstitching, with small metal cones embellishing the edges; a small panel with a handsome graphic embroidery ornaments the front. Attached to the cap is a panel of fine embroidery, including precise running stitches and cross stitching, that sits on top and runs down the back; including two colors of corduroy cloth, it is edged with old market cloth and finished with red fringe around the top; long streamers fall down the back. We see very few of these. Good condition for the age, with two small holes on a streamer and some soil.
Size: 6.5 in across x 21 in. including streamers