Artifact of the Week: Palm-Leaf Hat

What type of hat is this?

Where do you think it was made?

What is it made of?



Answers:

What type of hat is this?

This hat was given to the Karshner Center in 1930 by the Karshners themselves, who brought it back from a voyage to the South Seas. It has a wide brim to allow the wearer extra protection from the elements.

Where do you think it was made?

While we don't have a record of exactly where it was made, this hat is similar to many styles made and worn for centuries throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands.

What is it made of?

It is made from palm leaves, with interlaced bamboo to hold it together. Interestingly, this type of hat was the inspiration for the often seen pith helmets of colonial Europeans, which were designed with the same idea in mind: shading the wearer from the sun and rain. However, pith helmets were different in that they had a harder protective lining.



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