Hat

Equatorial climates are too hot and wet to produce wool, silk or cotton, so people make “cloth” from the bark of trees. This hat was likely created from a single branch – notice the twig at the tip. The bark was pounded, softened and stretched over a wooden anvil until it was thin and papery, yet still strong.


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What other objects does the shape of this hat remind you of?

responded: Apr 2, 2012

Posted by Alex

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Well, to be obvious, it reminds me of a triangle, it also reminds me of a cone. Not trying to be rude but it somewhat reminds of a video game character called pyramid head from silent hill but not really because his head is shaped like a pyramid like as his name refers to. It also reminds me of an eggplant, an eggplant that doesn't curve at the bottom. I assume it can remind me of a lot of things, it also reminds me of the a shoe that curls at the top making it kind of pointy.

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