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There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk  ...
There are nearly 3,500 individual rectangles of silk cloth that was cut on the bias and sewn down with great skill and precision to create this hat. Each individual piece of silk cloth had to be tucked under at the edges and sewn to a backing cloth in order to keep them in place and prevent unraveling at the edges. The top of the hat has a beautiful circular center done in ivory colored silk floss. All stitching is very fine and precise. This hat was probably sold to a devotee making the pilgrimage to Mecca. It was purchased in Sumatra, but likely made in Egypt. The center band and top of the hat have a pattern containing stylized Kufic style inscription as the design. a delicate basket-like vegetal fiber form that was made separately to act as a reinforcing structure within the hat was dyed several colors. This hat measures 6.5 x 7.24 x 4.25 inches. As you can see on my pages i have two of these hats, but this hat has a different color pallet than the other and is a bit smaller. It also has a multi-colored basketry frame with tattered cloth lining in both velvet and block printed cloth. This hat is a rare and beautiful textile art construction for a serious hat collector. Elsewhere on my pages and below in the image with two Hadj hats is a silver and blue enamel ball shaped compass with orange enamel on the inside that was bought in Afghanistan in the 1970's and said to be a compass for finding Mecca. For the pilgrim who has everything, these items are well worth collecting.
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