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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    Hat (Oceania)

    Oceania: Pacific Islands, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea

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    Hat (Oceania)

    Oceania: Pacific Islands, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, Lake Sentani region

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  • Bark Cloth

    Bark Cloth

    Oceania: Pacific Islands, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea

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What does other headwear from Papua New Guinea look like and how does it compare to this hat?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by PG Watt

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Most contemporary Papuans wear a range of hats from woven multicoloured caps to discarded onion bags. Traditional headwear consists of headdresses with bird of paradise and parrot feathers. Some also use bark from trees that is molded to the shape of their heads. some examples: http://nancysullivan.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/10/21/sepik_4394.jpg http://nancysullivan.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/10/22/copy_of_194.jpg http://nancysullivan.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/10/21/f1080014.jpg http://nancysullivan.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/10/22/grass_hat_in_hero.jpg

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