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.


Collection Connections 

  • Hat (Oceania)

    Hat (Oceania)

    Oceania: Pacific Islands, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea

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  • Hat (Oceania)

    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?


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